Botanical Name: Potentilla neumanniana 'Nana'
Common Name: Alpine Cinquefoil  
Plant photo of: Potentilla neumanniana 'Nana'
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Water Saving Tip:

Change spray sprinklers to low-flow bubbler or drip systems. Shrubs and trees are ideal candidates for this type of irrigation because the water is applied directly to the root zones.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Perennial


Height Range

Under 1'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color



Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Spanish, Woodland


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Entry, Perennial Border, Walkways


Special Uses

Filler, Mass Planting, Lawn Alternative, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Steve Mullany
  • Description

  • Notes

Not a shrub, this Potentilla is a tight, low growing groundcover that blooms in late spring with a flush of bright yellow flowers. A great choice for medium moist to moist soils, ‘Nana’ is recommended to plant between pavers and flagstone or as a groundcover for small spaces (it will tolerate light foot traffic). The plant will occasionally re-bloom in the fall. It grows about 2 to 4 inches tall and 10 to 12 inches wide. Some sources list it as evergreen, but I think it depends on the winter.
Grow in well drained soils, a little loamy, in full to part sun. If the plants are looking a little tatty after the winter, you can prune them back - a lawn mower, set high, can do the job in a larger area, otherwise, use pruners or hedge shears (but not power shears).