Comarum palustris - (Potentilla palustris) – Marsh Cinquefoil

Marsh cinquefoil is a short, hairless, native perennial. Its flowers, which consist of five narrowly pointed, dark purple petals backed by five paler purple, much broader but pointed sepals, are quite unlike those of any other British plant. Flowering occurs from early May to late July. NB Until recently this species was know by the old botanical name of Potentilla palustris.

Type Seeds per gram Origin Ordering
Wetland perennial 5600 Shropshire Limited availability


Habitat Information
Marsh cinquefoil is a plant of very wet, relatively nutrient poor sites on a wide range of soils but where the water is slightly to moderately base rich. Habitats include swamps and mires, wet meadows, lake edges, natural hollows and boggy pools.
Once established the plant can spread by means of rhizomes.

Growing Information
Probably best sown into a seed tray in early spring or autumn, placed in a cold frame and the seedlings then transferred to pots. Plant out to their final destination late spring to early summer.


Species currently unavailable or of restricted availability

Sorry, this species is currently unavailable to order as a single item as we have no stock. For more information please see availability note above.


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