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Frosty® Potentilla

Potentilla fruticosa 'Monsidh'

A versatile, hardy and durable small shrub that produces an abundance of frosty white, buttercup-like flowers throughout summer on a mounding habit with finely textured green foliage. Thrives in garden settings but is widely adaptable to poor, rocky or sandy soils, and clay. Works well as a colorful accent in front of shrub borders. Deciduous.
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Full sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationpoh-ten-TIL-a froo-ti-KOH-sa
LorePotentilla is known in the apothecary world for its very "potent" astringent qualities. This led to its use in many old herbals as an antibacterial agent for cures of thrush and dysentery. It s old European name, cinquefoil or five fingers describes the five petal flower. It was used in spells, most notably love potions.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Design IdeasThis Potentilla is great for groundcover in rock gardens, dry streambeds, banks, beds and borders. Grow it down front in the perennial border as an edging or as a transition plant to neaten irregular lawn edges. Particularly lovely for adding late-summer color to foundation planting. Potentilla is a most resilient plant for spicing up country or cottage garden landscapes.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth HabitRound
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Erosion Control, Firescaping/Firewise, Hedge, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Pet Friendly, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Tolerates Road Salt
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsSpirea (Spiraea); Switch Grass (Panicum); Sedum (Sedum); Euonymus (Euonymus); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus)

Thrives in light, well-drained, sandy soils. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate dry spells. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy appearance, prune lightly after flowering.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-7

USDA Cold Hardiness Zone Map

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 10

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