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Morden Snow Potentilla

Potentilla fruticosa 'Morden Snow'

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Morden Snow Potentilla (Potentilla fruticosa 'Morden Snow') at Eagle Lake Nurseries

Morden Snow Potentilla flowers

Morden Snow Potentilla flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Morden Snow Potentilla (Potentilla fruticosa 'Morden Snow') at Eagle Lake Nurseries

Morden Snow Potentilla in bloom

Morden Snow Potentilla in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  30 inches

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Bush Cinquefoil, Shrubby Cinquefoil


A tidy compact shrub with large, double white flowers from June until frost over fine textured foliage; great for foundations or low hedges; hardy, tough and adaptable to all conditions, but dislikes wet soils

Ornamental Features

Morden Snow Potentilla features showy white flowers with yellow eyes at the ends of the branches from late spring to early fall. It has green foliage throughout the season. The small ferny compound leaves do not develop any appreciable fall colour. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Morden Snow 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.

Morden Snow Potentilla is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Morden Snow Potentilla will grow to be about 30 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 is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. 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