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White Cloud Potentilla

Potentilla tridentata 'White Cloud'

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White Cloud Potentilla (Potentilla tridentata 'White Cloud') at Shelmerdine Garden Center

White Cloud Potentilla foliage

White Cloud Potentilla foliage

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Height:  6 inches

Spacing:  9 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Three-Toothed Cinquefoil

Description:

This stunning herbaceous variety features compound leaves that emerge white and mature to cream and light green with dark green veins; sprays of white flowers from late spring to fall; trim faded blooms to encourage new buds; great for a sunny border

Ornamental Features

White Cloud Potentilla has white button flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to early fall. Its attractive small oval compound leaves emerge white in spring, turning creamy white in colour with distinctive dark green veins and tinges of light green throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

White Cloud Potentilla is a dense herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

White Cloud Potentilla is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

White Cloud Potentilla will grow to be only 5 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 9 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils. 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. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

White Cloud Potentilla is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our experts for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features

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