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Frosty Potentilla

Potentilla fruticosa 'Monsidh'

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Frosty Potentilla (Potentilla fruticosa 'Monsidh') at The Green Spot Home & Garden

Frosty Potentilla flowers

Frosty Potentilla flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Frosty Potentilla (Potentilla fruticosa 'Monsidh') at The Green Spot Home & Garden

Frosty Potentilla in bloom

Frosty Potentilla in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  24 inches

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Bush Cinquefoil, Shrubby Cinquefoil


A compact mounded shrub with frosty white flowers from June until mid-fall, and fine textured deep green foliage; the ultimate flowering shrub for northern gardens, hardy, tough and adaptable to most conditions, but dislikes wet soils

Ornamental Features

Frosty Potentilla has white flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to early fall. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The small ferny compound leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour.

Landscape Attributes

Frosty Potentilla is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Frosty Potentilla is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Frosty Potentilla will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Garden 
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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