Potentilla tridentata – Three-toothed Cinquefoil

Published on June 10, 2012 by Casey

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Potentilla tridentata
Potentilla tridentata

A compact ground cover for dry, soil with loose clusters of dainty white flowers and glossy evergreen leaves. The leaves have two notches in the tips that form three rounded teeth. Leaves turn wine red in autumn.

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  • White flowers in spring provide nectar for butterflies, bees and other small insects
  • Glossy evergreen foliage
  • Nice ground cover for dry soil
  • Great for edging borders

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

  • Grow on a sunny site with rocky soil. Looks especially good creeping out of rocky crevices.
  • Great for edging.
  • Prefers acid soil.

Native Range

Sandy or rocky shores and mountaintops; Greenland to the Northwest Territories, south to Iowa and Connecticut and in the Appalachians to Georgia.

Native Trivia

Food, water, space and cover are the four essential elements of wildlife habitat. Cover is any place an animal can use for living space or to take refuge from predators and harsh natural elements such as heat. Components of cover include all forms of vegetation and physical entities such as brush piles, fallen logs, snags and tree cavities.

Characteristics & Attributes

    Plan Sub Group
    • Low Perennials

    • Sun
    • Filtered Shade

    • Acidic

    Soil Moisture Preference
    • Dry

    Attracts Wildlife
    • Beneficial insects
    • Butterflies

    Bloom Time
    • Late Summer

    Habitat Collection
    • Butterfly

    Foliage Color
    • Green

    • Edging

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