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This is a gorgeous smaller plant that fits right into small or large gardens. It can grow to be up to four inches tall. This plant loves being in moist and well-drained soils. The leaves on this plant area beautiful and one leaf is made up of five smaller ones. They are a dark green.

Dwarf Cinquefoil

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$1.79
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25 units
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Dwarf Cinquefoil is a gorgeous smaller plant that fits right into small or large gardens.

Dwarf Cinquefoil-Potentilla Canadensis is part of the rose family of flowering plants and shrubs. It grows wild throughout eastern North America, from Ontario to Nova Scotia in Canada and Maine south to Georgia in the US. A favorite nickname for the plant is Buttercup Shrub. The Dwarf Cinquefoil gets its name from the five leaves that grow on its short stalk, along with the five petals of its flowers. These are natural plants to grow at home, and they bloom from March to June; the flowers remain throughout most of the summer. It prefers dry soils and full sun to partial shade. They are hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 through 8. Dwarf Cinquefoils mature at 2 to 6 inches in height and have a spread of up to 15 inches.

The flowers are most often yellow, though those that bloom in areas of more shade can be white.

In Massachusetts in the early 1930's, there was one patch of cream-colored flowers known; it was destroyed by 1931. Beyond their colorful flowers, Dwarf Cinquefoils change color as they mature: the youngest plants have green stems and stolons, while older plants are red. Dwarf Cinquefoils can be found along the edge of hardwood and conifer forests, pastures, lawns, and meadows; anywhere the soil has been disturbed. Hardy in nature, these herbaceous perennials similarly creep along the ground to their cousin, the strawberry. Each plant grows runners that take root and develop a new plant. In this manner, the Dwarf Cinquefoil often forms mats, making a pleasing ground cover that attracts several species of flies and bees. Birds mostly ignore these plants, but small mammals such as groundhogs and rabbits will eat the leaves and stems.

Cinquefoil powder is used in many "anti-wrinkle" cosmetics.

Powdered or crushed roots are useful for their styptic properties. Dwarf Cinquefoil shoots and leaves are edible, as a salad or an herb, especially when harvested before blooming. It can grow to be up to four inches tall. This plant loves being in moist and well-drained soils. The leaves on this plant area beautiful and one leaf are made up of five smaller ones. They are dark green. Their flowers are a bright yellow and have little petals that surround a yellow center. These plants make an excellent ground cover because of the size. They bloom from March on into June.

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