Potentilla palustris - Marsh Cinquefoil, Bog Strawberry

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  • Approximate height: 30cm (12 inches)
  • Recommended water depth over crown of plant: 0 - 10cm (0 - 4 inches)
  • Flowering time: May to July
  • Flower colour: Red
  • Supplied in the solid 9cm pot we grow them in - for best results we recommend potting on using a 1 litre pot

This lovely British native plant produces velvety wine-red flowers with five petals in summer. These flowers are very attractive to bees and hoverflies. (It is on the RHS 'Perfect For Pollinators' list, and the blooms attract at least four separate types of bumblebee here at the nursery). It has green, deeply-divided leaves on elongated, reddish, slightly woody, stems that grow outwards almost horizontally, which give it its common name of 'Bog Strawberry'. It then sends up taller, straight stems as it flowers. Unlike a real strawberry though, Potentilla palustris is a slow-growing plant, and suitable for smaller ponds. Also known as Comarum palustre. 

If designing a planting scheme, we recommend approximately 4 Potentilla palustris plants per square foot of ground, or 2 plants per linear foot of pond edge. Read more here on how to pot and care for your plant.