Potentilla gracilis: A Beautiful PNW Native Garden Addition

Monday, May 25, 2020

My newest native species: meet Potentilla gracilis (Graceful cinquefoil), planted with associates Douglas Spirea, Oregon Iris, and lupine (think purple, yellow, and pink!).  Host for two-banded checkered skipper.  Likes moist soil.  Layer lots of leaf litter around its hardy, woody stems each fall, leaving the foliage and attractive seed heads for wildlife during the winter months. You can read more about this wonderful PNW native and its ethnobotanical uses on the US Dept of Agriculture site.


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