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Potentilla argyrophylla var. atrosanguinea

Family: Rosaceae

Common name: CINQUEFOIL

Synonym: Potentilla atrosanguinea

Native to: Himalayas

Sentiment: beloved daughter


Type: perennial

Forms: clumping, erect

Leaves deciduous

Max height: 2 feet

Max width: 2 feet




green, light, secondary color present


Attracts wildlife: adult butterfly, specific butterfly species

Plant features: deciduous

Exposure: sun

Landscape use: container

Propagates by: seed

flowers in spring

Soil type: well drained

USDA Zones: zone 5 to -20 f, zone 6 to -10 f, zone 7 to 0 f, zone 8 to +10 f, zone 9 to +20 f

Temp. range: -20 to +30 °F

Water: moderate, regular

There are 362 species of Potentilla, or CINQUEFOIL, a member of the Rosaceae family. Potentilla argyrophylla and P. verna are cultivated perennials and can be grown from seed. There are some double-form flower cultivars. Most of the literature suggests shying away from double-form cultivars if one is ambitious to feed wildlife.

Potentilla argyrophylla, deciduous perennial, grows to 2' high by 2' wide, grows in Zones 5-9 in well-drained soil, and prefer regular or moderate watering. They produce delicate red blossoms in spring, and can be grown in a container.

Potentilla attracts
Amblyscirtes carolina, Carolina Roadside-Skipper
Callophrys niphon, Eastern Pine Elfin
Cupido comyntas, Eastern Tailed-Blue
Plebejus melissa

Container plants that attract adult butterflies - perennial

This plant is one of 186 perennials suitable to grow in a container that will attract adult butterflies. They can be found in every height range – from tiny to large – from less than a foot high to over 10 feet tall. 19 of these plants are drought tolerant, more than 80 are available for dry or moderate watering conditions. 29 are deciduous, while 71 are evergreen. Some can grow in Zone 2, while the others grow in Zones 3-11. 178 perennial plants that attract butterflies can be grown in containers in Zone 9. 77 can be used as cut flowers. They come in any one of the available flower colors.

We have found that, when given a choice, butterflies and bees frequent named species more often than cultivars. You may want to keep this in mind when you select plants for your garden if your goal is to attract and support these insects.

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