Yellow Flowering herbaceous plants

This past week I've had several local people ask me about plants with yellow flowers. Midsummer is the time for questions about yellow flowered plants because this is when they are abundant. At least two of the yellow-flowered plants asked about are in the genus Potentilla. You may be familiar with at least one of these plants as in the last few years a shrub in this genus has become very popular as a garden plant, though it may be better known as Cinquefoil.

Cinquefoil refers to the idea that most of the species in the genus Potentilla have leaves composed of five leaflets, though some have seven or more and a couple have only three. The leaves are usually regularly toothed along the margins. All of the members of this genus have five petals that make up the flower and the flowers are usually yellow, though some are white or purple. This genus of plants is in the Rose family and the flowers might remind people of strawberries or raspberries.

As I mentioned, the shrub is probably the most familiar to people here. It is commonly called Shrubby Cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa). It is found in the wild at Lone Lake and is planted around many houses in town, including mine. The yellow flowers with five petals are about 3/4-inch wide with rounded petals. The leaves have five, sometimes seven lanceshaped leaflets, which are hairy on both sides. The leaves are alternately arranged along woody twigs and the shrubs are usually one to four feet in height.

Cream, white, and even pink flowered varieties have been developed.

One reason that this shrub has become so popular with people here on Mackinac is that they grow very easily and take little care. This is in part because the Shrubby Cinquefoil loves calcareous soils. In other words, it loves limestone and that is one thing that Mackinac has in abundance.

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