Definition of potentilla in English:


Syllabification: po·ten·til·la
Pronunciation: /ˌpōtnˈtilə


A plant of a genus that includes the cinquefoils, especially (in gardening) a small shrub with bright yellow, red, orange, or pink flowers.
  • Genus Potentilla, family Rosaceae: many species
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  • Rugged shrubs like barberry and potentilla give the garden permanent structure, while the rocks help protect the plants from searing winds and keep the soil from drying out.
  • The fragrance garden features plants whose scents come from their flowers or leaves, while the medicinal garden includes healing types such as purple coneflower, potentilla, and willow.
  • There is also a big selection of azaleas and rhododendrons as well as other shrubs such as potentilla.


modern Latin, based on Latin potent- 'being powerful' (with reference to its herbal qualities) + the diminutive suffix -illa.

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