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Queen Of The Meadow

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Well branched with an upright bushy habit, this variety features deep green, toothed foliage, topped with fragrant creamy white flower plumes; excellent for garden beds, backs of borders or used around pools and ponds; good cut flower

Characteristics

Species:
ulmaria
Other Species Names:
Meadowsweet
Average Landscape Height:
3 feet (4 feet with the flowers)
Average Landscape Width:
24 inches
Genus:
Filipendula
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
leggy
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Flower Color:
white
Flower Period:
from early to mid summer
Summer Foliage Color:
green
Maximum Light:
partial shade
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Moisture:
wet
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Queen Of The Meadow features delicate panicles of white flowers at the ends of the stems from early to mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its serrated narrow compound leaves remain green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Queen Of The Meadow is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Queen Of The Meadow will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

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