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Hybrid Cinquefoil

Potentilla x mixta

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Also in this family:
Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle, Alpine Cinquefoil, Alpine Lady's-mantle, Ampfield Cotoneaster, Arran Service Tree, Arran Whitebeam, Barren Strawberry, Bastard Agrimony, Bastard Service Tree, Bearberry Cotoneaster, Bird Cherry, Blackthorn, Bloody Whitebeam, Bramble, Bristol Whitebeam, Broad-leaved Whitebeam, Broadtooth Lady's-mantle, Bronze Pirri-pirri-bur, Bullace Plum, Bullate Cotoneaster, Burnet Rose, Catacol Whitebeam, Caucasian Lady's-mantle, Cheddar Whitebeam, Cherry Laurel, Cherry Plum, Chinese Photinia, Cloudberry, Clustered Lady's-mantle, Common Agrimony, Common Hawthorn, Common Lady's-mantle, Common Medlar, Common Ninebark, Common Whitebeam, Crab Apple, Creeping Chinese Bramble, Creeping Cinquefoil, Crimean Lady's-mantle, Cultivated Apple, Cultivated Pear, Cut-leaved Blackberry, Damson, Devon Whitebeam, Dewberry, Diel's Cotoneaster, Dog Rose, Doward Whitebeam, Dropwort, Elm-leaved Bramble, English Whitebeam, Entire-leaved Cotoneaster, False Salmonberry, Field Rose, Firethorn, Fodder Burnet, Fragrant Agrimony, Franchet's Cotoneaster, Garden Lady's-mantle, Garden Strawberry, Giant Meadowsweet, Glaucous Dog Rose, Goatsbeard Spiraea, Gough's Rock Whitebeam, Great Burnet, Greengage Plum, Grey-leaved Whitebeam, Hairless Lady's-mantle, Hairy Lady's-mantle, Hautbois Strawberry, Himalayan Blackberry, Himalayan Cotoneaster, Himalayan Whitebeam, Hoary Cinquefoil, Hollyberry Cotoneaster, Hupeh Rowan, Hybrid Geum, Irish Whitebeam, Japanese Cherry, Japanese Quince, Japanese Rose, Jew's Mallow, Juneberry, Lancaster Whitebeam, Late Cotoneaster, Least Lady's-mantle, Least Whitebeam, Leigh Woods Whitebeam, Ley's Whitebeam, Liljefor's Whitebeam, Littleleaf Cotoneaster, Llangollen Whitebeam, Llanthony Whitebeam, Lleyn Cotoneaster, Loganberry, Many-flowered Rose, Margaret's Whitebeam, Marsh Cinquefoil, Meadowsweet, Midland Hawthorn, Mougeot's Whitebeam, Mountain Ash, Mountain Avens, Mountain Sibbaldia, Moupin's Cotoneaster, No Parking Whitebeam, Ocean Spray, Orange Whitebeam, Pale Bridewort, Pale Lady's-mantle, Parsley Piert, Pirri-pirri-bur, Plymouth Pear, Portuguese Laurel, Purple-flowered Raspberry, Quince, Raspberry, Rock Cinquefoil, Rock Lady's-mantle, Rock Whitebeam, Round-leaved Dog Rose, Round-leaved Whitebeam, Rum Cherry, Russian Cinquefoil, Salad Burnet, Sargent's Rowan, Scannell's Whitebeam, Service Tree, Sharp-toothed Whitebeam, Sherard's Downy Rose, Shining Lady's-mantle, Ship Rock Whitebeam, Short-styled Rose, Shrubby Cinquefoil, Silver Lady's-mantle, Silverweed, Slender Parsley Piert, Slender-spined Bramble, Small-flowered Sweetbriar, Small-leaved Sweetbriar, Soft Downy Rose, Somerset Whitebeam, Sorbaria, Sour Cherry, Southern Downy Rose, Southern Lady's-mantle, Spineless Acaena, Spring Cinquefoil, St. Lucie's Cherry, Steeplebush, Stern's Cotoneaster, Stirton's Whitebeam, Stone Bramble, Sulphur Cinquefoil, Swedish Service Tree, Swedish Whitebeam, Sweet Briar, Symond's Yat Whitebeam, Tengyueh Cotoneaster, Thimbleberry, Thin-leaved Whitebeam, Tibetan Cotoneaster, Tormentil, Trailing Tormentil, Tree Cotoneaster, Trefoil Cinquefoil, Twin-cliffs Whitebeam, Two-spined Acaena, Wall Cotoneaster, Water Avens, Waterer's Cotoneaster, Waxy Lady's-mantle, Welsh Cotoneaster, Welsh Whitebeam, White Burnet, White's Whitebeam, White-stemmed Bramble, Wild Cherry, Wild Pear, Wild Plum, Wild Service Tree, Wild Strawberry, Willmott's Whitebeam, Willow-leaved Bridewort, Willow-leaved Cotoneaster, Wineberry, Wood Avens, Wye Whitebeam, Yellow-flowered Strawberry
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
25 centimetres tall
Gardens, grassland, hedgerows, roadsides, wasteland, woodland.

Yellow, 4 petals
Solitary, yellow flowers with (usually) 4 petals but sometimes 5.
Rarely seen in fruit. The fruit is an achene.
The leaves are stalked and have 3 to 5 oblong, toothed leaflets. The leaf stalks are sometimes over 2 inches (5cm) long. Hybrid Cinquefoil is a hybrid between Creeping Cinquefoil, Tormentil and Trailing Tormentil. Perennial.
Other Names:
Mixed Cinquefoil, Potentilla Hybrid.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  

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Other Information


Potentilla x mixta is a hybrid plant in the family Rosaceae, also known as Potentilla hybrid or mixed cinquefoil. It is a perennial plant that is native to Europe and Asia. It has yellow flowers that bloom from late spring to early autumn. The plant is tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions and can grow in full sun or partial shade. It is often used as an ornamental plant in gardens, and it is also used medicinally for its astringent and anti-inflammatory properties.


Hybrid Cinquefoil (Potentilla x mixta) is a beautiful and low-maintenance plant that is popular among gardeners for its bright yellow flowers and lush green foliage. It is a hybrid plant that is created by cross-pollination between two species of cinquefoil, Potentilla recta and Potentilla fruticosa.

This plant is versatile and can be grown in various types of soil, from sandy to loamy, and can tolerate a range of pH levels. It also does well in full sun or partial shade, making it a great option for gardeners with a variety of growing conditions.

One of the most striking features of the Hybrid Cinquefoil is its bright yellow flowers. The flowers appear in clusters at the top of the plant, adding a pop of color to any garden. The flowers are also attractive to pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

The foliage of the Hybrid Cinquefoil is also noteworthy. The leaves are green and have a glossy finish, making them a lovely addition to any garden. The leaves are also edible and can be used in salads or as a garnish.

Another benefit of the Hybrid Cinquefoil is its hardiness. This plant is considered a hardy perennial, meaning it will come back year after year with proper care. It is also drought tolerant and can survive long periods without water. This makes it a great choice for gardeners who want to create a low-maintenance garden or for those who live in areas with dry climates.

The Hybrid Cinquefoil is a beautiful and low-maintenance plant that is perfect for gardeners of all levels. Its bright yellow flowers and lush green foliage make it a great addition to any garden, and its hardiness and versatility make it an easy choice for those looking for a low-maintenance plant. Whether you are an experienced gardener or a beginner, the Hybrid Cinquefoil is definitely worth considering for your next gardening project.

Additionally, Hybrid Cinquefoil is a great option for those who are looking to create a mixed border or a mass planting in their garden. This plant has a mounding habit and spreads slowly, making it perfect for filling in gaps or creating a groundcover. It also has a compact growth habit, reaching heights of only 12-18 inches, making it a great option for small gardens or for planting in containers.

When it comes to care, the Hybrid Cinquefoil is very easy to maintain. It should be watered regularly, especially during dry spells, and fertilized once a month during the growing season to promote healthy growth and abundant blooms. Pruning should be done in late summer to encourage bushier growth and prevent the plant from becoming leggy.

In terms of pests and diseases, the Hybrid Cinquefoil is relatively resistant to most problems. However, it may be susceptible to powdery mildew, rust, and leaf spot if grown in humid conditions. To prevent these issues, it is important to keep the leaves dry and to avoid overcrowding plants.

Finally, it is important to note that Hybrid Cinquefoil is a sterile hybrid, meaning it will not produce seeds. This means that it will not spread aggressively in your garden, which can be a benefit or a drawback depending on your preferences. If you would like to propagate the plant, you can do so through division or by taking stem cuttings in the spring or fall.

In conclusion, the Hybrid Cinquefoil is a versatile, low-maintenance, and beautiful plant that is well worth considering for your garden. With its bright yellow flowers, lush green foliage, and easy care requirements, it is the perfect addition to any garden, whether you are an experienced gardener or just starting out.

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