Filipendula rubra venusta
Filipendula rubra venusta

Queen of the Prairie

Filipendula rubra, commonly called Queen of the Prairie, is a U.S. native found in meadows and swampy areas.  It is a very tall, upright, clump-forming perennial that typically grows 2 meters tall and features branched astilbe-like panicles (corymbs) of tiny, fragrant, pale pink flowers in early to mid summer. The deeply cut, bright green leaves have a lacy look and are also fragrant. 

  • Height: 120-240 cm (4-8 ft)
  • Spread: 90-120 cm (3-4 ft)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 3-9
  • Sun or Shade: partial shade
  • Bloom Time: mid to late summer
  • Leaf Colour: green
  • Bloom Colour: pink
  • Critter Resistance: deer and rabbits
  • Nature Attraction: bees and butterflies

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Filipendula is easily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade.  It prefers consistently moist, fertile, humusy soils and is intolerant of drought.  The foliage will scorch and curl if it is allowed to dry out.  Propagate by dividing the clumps in spring.   It self-seeds and can form large colonies in optimum growing conditions.   Flower panicles are best left in place after bloom since deadheading does not extend bloom period.  With sufficient moisture the foliage will remain attractive throughout the growing season.  If the foliage depreciates in summer, cut back hard to promote new growth.

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