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Common Name: Rock Cinquefoil
Potentilla rupestris is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.45 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to Spain, W. and C. Asia.
] and woody slopes in mountains[
]. Dry sunny rocky slopes in the mountains[
Easily grown in a well-drained loam, preferring a position in full sun but tolerating shade[
]. Prefers an alkaline soil but tolerates a slightly acid soil[
]. Succeeds in dry soils in the wild[
Hardy to about -25°c[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
The leaves are used as a tea[
Seed - sow early spring or autumn in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.