Plant of the Month for January 2016

Potentilla cuneata
Potentilla cuneata

Description and General Information:

Potentilla cuneata is native to forest edges, thickets, alpine meadows and stony slopes of the Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Xizang and Yunnan as well as Kashmir, Sikkim, Bhutan and Nepal, where they grow at elevations of 2700-3600 m.

Plants form loose mats with prostrate, semi-woody stems and small trifoliate somewhat leathery leaves.  The flowers are held on short stems up to 12 cm high. Solitary or rarely paired flowers, are 2 to 2.5 cm in diameter.


This species requires full sun and well-drained soil. It does not appear to be fussy about soil pH. Grow it lean to keep plants compact.

Blooming Period:

Plants blooms from June to October.


Seeds, cuttings and division.


Some germination guides suggest seeds may be directly sown at 20 C while others suggest a stratification period of 6-8 weeks.  All agree that darkness is required.


Larger mats may be dug in spring and broken into smaller pieces


Stems with a terminal tuft of leaves, may be struck in a sandy-peaty mix in mid-summer.

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