Goldfinger Potentilla

Potentilla fruticosa 'Goldfinger'

Family: Potentilla

Type: Shrub

Other Common Name: Bush Cinquefoil, Shrubby Cinquefoil

Goldfinger Potentilla, scientifically known as Potentilla fruticosa ‘Goldfinger’, is a vibrant and hardy flowering shrub. It is renowned for its bright yellow, buttercup-like flowers and lush green foliage. This perennial is a popular choice for its long blooming period and ease of care.

Reaching a mature height and spread of about 2-3 feet, Goldfinger Potentilla is an excellent choice for small to medium-sized garden spaces. Its compact and bushy form, coupled with a generous flowering habit, makes it a favored choice for adding color and texture to garden beds and borders. The plant blooms profusely from late spring to early fall, providing a continuous display of cheerful yellow flowers.

Goldfinger Potentilla is drought tolerant once established and adapts well to various soil conditions. It prefers full sun to partial shade, thriving in well-drained soils. This shrub’s resilience and attractive appearance make it a versatile and appealing addition to any landscape.

Needs & Preferences

Hardiness Zone: 2a-2a

Deer Resistant: Yes

Pet Friendly: Yes

Moisture Preference: Dry to moist

Sun Needs: Full sun to partial shade

Drought Tolerance (Xeriscape): Yes


Growth Rate: Slow

Average Height (feet): 3

Average Spread (feet): 4

Average Life Span (years): 30

Form: Round


Flower Color: Yellow

Bloom Season: From late spring to early fall

Foliage Color: Green

Foliage Shape: Ferny

Bark Color: Brown

Bark Texture: Peeling

Landscaping Your Yard With Goldfinger Potentilla

Goldfinger Potentilla is ideal for creating vibrant accents in the landscape. Its bright yellow flowers and dense foliage make it perfect for planting along walkways, in mixed borders, or as a stand-alone feature in garden beds. Its long blooming period ensures a continuous splash of color throughout the growing season.

This shrub can be used effectively for low hedging or as foundation plantings. Its compact growth habit makes it suitable for small gardens, and it pairs beautifully with other perennials and shrubs. Goldfinger Potentilla is also an excellent choice for mass plantings, providing a bold and bright display.

Thanks to its manageable size, Goldfinger Potentilla is suitable for container gardening. It can add color and life to patios, decks, or balcony spaces, thriving in pots with adequate drainage.


Suitable Garden Styles

Cottage Garden

Goldfinger Potentilla fits beautifully in cottage garden designs. Its informal growth habit and vibrant flowers complement the relaxed, colorful style of cottage gardens.

Formal Garden

In formal gardens, this Potentilla variety can be used to create symmetrical designs. Its predictable growth and long blooming period lend well to structured garden layouts.

Rock Garden

Goldfinger Potentilla is also a great addition to rock gardens. Its drought tolerance and compact form make it ideal for these rugged, naturalistic landscapes.

Goldfinger Potentilla Landscaping Ideas

Plant Goldfinger Potentilla along garden edges or borders. Its bright flowers create a striking contrast against green foliage, and its size is perfect for defining garden spaces. Combine it with blue and purple flowering plants for a stunning color contrast.

Seasonal Interest


In spring, Goldfinger Potentilla starts to produce lush green foliage, setting the stage for the blooming season.


During summer, the shrub is covered in vibrant yellow flowers, creating a cheerful and bright display in the garden.


In the fall, the blooms of Goldfinger Potentilla begin to fade, but the plant's structure remains, adding interest to the autumn garden.


In winter, Goldfinger Potentilla becomes dormant. While its foliage may thin, the plant's structure still provides some interest in the winter landscape.

Planting Tips

Where to Plant
Goldfinger Potentilla thrives in areas with full sun to partial shade. It’s ideal for borders, garden beds, or as a focal point in a landscape where its bright flowers can be fully appreciated.


Full sun is best for Goldfinger Potentilla, as it encourages the most prolific blooming. However, it can also tolerate partial shade, where it may produce fewer flowers.


This plant prefers well-drained soil. It's adaptable to a variety of soil types, from sandy to loamy, but consistently wet or waterlogged soils should be avoided.


Space Goldfinger Potentilla plants about 2-3 feet apart. This spacing allows for healthy growth and air circulation while giving each plant enough room to reach its full potential.

When to Plant

The best time to plant Goldfinger Potentilla is in the spring after the risk of frost has passed. This timing allows the plant to establish before the hot summer months.

How to Plant

Plant at the same depth as the nursery pot. Loosen the surrounding soil to encourage root expansion. Water thoroughly after planting to settle the soil around the roots.

Plant Care Tips


Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, Goldfinger Potentilla is relatively drought-tolerant but may benefit from occasional watering during extended dry periods.


Fertilize in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to support healthy growth and blooming. Avoid over-fertilizing, as this can lead to excessive foliage at the expense of flowers.


Prune Goldfinger Potentilla in late winter or early spring to maintain its shape and encourage flowering. Deadheading spent flowers can also promote a longer blooming period.

By Season


Spring Care

In spring, prune to shape the plant and remove any dead or damaged branches. Apply fertilizer to support the upcoming bloom.

Summer Care

During summer, Goldfinger Potentilla requires minimal care. Ensure it receives adequate water during long dry spells.

Fall Care

Reduce watering as the plant prepares for dormancy. No pruning is needed in the fall.

Winter Care

In winter, Goldfinger Potentilla is dormant. No watering is necessary unless the climate is extremely dry. The plant can withstand cold temperatures once established.


How Long Does Goldfinger Potentilla Bloom?

Goldfinger Potentilla blooms from late spring to early fall, offering a long-lasting display of color in the garden.

Is Goldfinger Potentilla Deer Resistant?

While no plant is completely deer-proof, Goldfinger Potentilla is generally not a favorite of deer and can be considered moderately deer resistant.

Can Goldfinger Potentilla Be Grown in Containers?

Yes, Goldfinger Potentilla can be grown in containers, provided they are large enough to accommodate its root system. Ensure the container has good drainage and place it in a sunny location.

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