HAPPY FACE® White Potentilla

Zone: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun Height: 2-3' Width/Spread: 2-3'

A very cold-hardy native plant, Potentilla is a durable, low-maintenance choice for landscapes. It will tolerate poor soils and clay soils, and has good rabbit-resistance. Established plants will tolerate some drought. Happy Face® White has extra-large, pure white flowers cover this plant from spring to late summer. Its dense habit and dark green foliage make it a good choice for Mass plantings and commercial landscapes.


Light: Normally chosen for very intense locations, like blazing full sun. It does pretty well in partially sunny positions, it will just flower a little less robustly. It needs at least six hours of direct exposure to flower abundantly.

Soil: Super adaptable to any soil type, just needs to be well draining. Even does well in polluted areas or those that get a lot of salt in the wintertime.

Water: Quite drought tolerant after it’s established in its first year.

Fertilizing: Can be fertilized in the springtime when soil is workable, however this isn’t necessary. As a rugged North American native, it is accustomed to thriving with what nutrients are available.

Pruning: Its rounded habit looks more uniform with a yearly overall trim in the late winter or early spring. Maintains the best vigor and flowering with periodic rejuvenation pruning. This is the process of removing 1/3 of the thickest branches all the way back to the ground. You can get to the task every three to five years, depending on how dense the plant is.

Botanical Name

Dasiphora fruticosa 'White Lundy' PP#22,761 (formerly known as Potentilla fruticosa)


2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Flower Color


Foliage Color







Full Sun, Part Sun



Season of Interest

Fall, Spring, Summer


Containers, Specimen


Alkaline soil, Attracts pollinators, Clay soil, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Long blooming, Native, Salt tolerant

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