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Miss Willmott Cinquefoil

Potentilla nepalensis 'Miss Willmott'

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Miss Willmott Cinquefoil (Potentilla nepalensis 'Miss Willmott') at Parkland Garden Centre

Miss Willmott Cinquefoil flowers

Miss Willmott Cinquefoil flowers

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Height:  12 inches

Spacing:  9 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Ornamental Features

Miss Willmott Cinquefoil features delicate panicles of pink flowers with cherry red eyes at the ends of the stems from early to mid summer. Its small oval compound leaves remain forest green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Miss Willmott Cinquefoil is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Miss Willmott Cinquefoil is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Miss Willmott Cinquefoil will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 9 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Miss Willmott Cinquefoil is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Texture 
Ornamental Features
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