Potentilla ‘Monarch’s Velvet’ – (Cinquefoil)
Of all of the potentillas this plant is considered to be the most attractive.
Potentilla Monarchs Velvet has many heads of deep raspberry red flowers which are shaded to crimson velvet in the centres. The plants are long lived and flower for a very long time over strawberry like leaves. It is free standing rather than forming a carpet and is thus useful in the mid mixed border. It is cold hardy to minus 29 degrees and yet is still evergreen in the winter. If started early enough, it can bloom in its first year.
To keep it blooming cut it back regularly. It is an excellent filler plant without overly displacing other perennials, and can be used in containers or in the cottage border.
They are reported to be pest resistant which is an addded bonus.
For best results, sow seeds immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. However, one can sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, and often wait for spring before emerging regardless of when they are sown. But spring sowing will obviously give them a full season of growth if successful germination occurs.
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