Potentilla – Happy Face Hearts®
Resists: Deer, Rabbits
This species of potentilla (now called Dasiphora fruticosa by some) has a huge native range across North America, including all of Canada.
Native to North America
Potentilla is easy to grow and fairly care-free, but it will benefit from a trim every few seasons to renew its vigor and coverage. Do this in early spring. If it gets very hot, the pink color will be less intense, but it will return quickly when temperatures cool down a bit.
Due to its extreme toughness and long bloom time, potentilla is a versatile landscape plant. It is often planted en masse in parking lots and traffic islands, but at home, it works well as an edging, foundation planting, or even among many other plants in a flower garden.
Maintenance Category Easy
Water Category Average
Blooms On New Wood, Old Wood
Flower Form Border Plant, Container, Edging Plant, Groundcover, Landscape, Mass Planting
pH B - pH 5.8 - 6.2
EC (2:1 Extraction Method) 0.6 - 0.9
Fertilization 150 - 200
Light Requirements High
Water Requirements Moderate to Moist
Rooting Out Temperature 65 - 72° Fahrenheit
Growing On Temperature 55 - 65° Fahrenheit
Holding Temperature 40 - 50° Fahrenheit
Planting and Timing Information
Early Spring through Fall Finish. Standard PPP.
Finishing Times [weeks]
4-5" and Quart Pot : 6-7
6" and Gallon Pot : 8-9
7-9" Pot : 9-10
10-12" and Two Gallon Pot :
Pinching and Growth Regulators
Pinch as needed to shape.
Pest and Disease Management
General pest and disease practices as listed in notes.
Habit will be improved with vernalization.