Potentilla rupestris

Siberian Tea

Plant Type:


Potentilla rupestris (aka Drymocallis rupestris) - Five-petaled white cupped cinquefoil flower with yellow central sexual parts supported on pink-tinted stems share their simple beauty during much of the summer. Small gray-green leaves are pinnate, creased and heavily serrate. The nativity of Siberian Tea is broad - from Scandanavia south through Europe (including Britain) to Spain, western and central Asia into Siberia. Also known as Rock Cinquefoil, this will make a handsome rock garden candidate, mounding drifts in a perennial landscape backed with grasses, daylilies or a group of taller plants to your liking. As a ground cover at the base of a low maintenance shrubbery in full sun it would be very handsome... it offers so many design possibilities. Full sun in well-drained average ground, scrabbly-gritty soils a plus. It is tolerant of some shade. The deer don't like it. Established, potted Rock Cinquefoil from seed or division.


12-18 in


12-18 in



Characteristics and Attributes for Potentilla rupestris

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn


  • Border
  • Cottage Garden
  • Edging
  • Rock Garden
  • Ground Cover
  • Meadow / Field
  • Natural Garden

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Average
  • Draining
  • Sandy


  • Europe
  • Central Asia
  • Siberia

Propagated By

  • By Seed / Potted