Queen of the Prairie

Filipendula rubra

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Queen of the Prairie (Filipendula rubra)
Genus:  Filipendula

Cotton-candy pink plumes crown this show-stopping prairie plant in mid summer. Native to moist meadows of the eastern U.S., it prefers moist soil but will perform brilliantly in rich garden soil. Grows well in full sun or part shade. Attractive to bees and butterflies.

The leaves are also a point of interest – large and deeply lobed on zigzag stems. Though quite tall, this sturdy plant usually does not need staking.

This large plant can be spectacular, particularly when massed. Easy to grow, it spreads by rhizome, making it an excellent choice for naturalizing in meadows or moist drainage areas. Use in borders (rear), cottage gardens, pollinator gardens, naturalized areas, or along stream or pond edges.

Care: 

Plant in in full to partial sun, in medium to moist soil. Should the plant dry out or the leaves get scorched, they may be cut back to promote new growth.

Information provided by Prairie Nursery

Overview

Height
4 to 6 ft.
Spread
2 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Moist, well-drained soil
Characteristics
Attracts Bees,
Attracts Butterflies
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Cottage Garden
Type
Perennials

Filipendula rubra