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Queen Of The Prairie

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Queen Of The Prairie (Filipendula rubra)Blooming from early to mid summer, fragrant pale plumes of small flowers bloom on tall, branchy, upright stems; excellent for beds, cutting gardens or adding to dried bouquets; easy to grow, requiring little maintenance

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
5 feet
Average Landscape Width:
32 inches
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Filipendula
Species:
rubra
Flower Color:
shell pink
Flower Period:
from early to mid summer
Summer Foliage Color:
lawn green
Minimum Light:
partial-shade
Maximum Light:
sun
Minimum Moisture:
moist
Maximum Moisture:
wet
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
leggy
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Other Species Names:
Meadowsweet
Branching:
herbaceous
Flower Bud Color:
pink

Ornamental Features

Queen Of The Prairie features delicate panicles of shell pink flowers with red anthers at the ends of the stems from early to mid summer, which emerge from distinctive pink flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its serrated narrow compound leaves remain emerald green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Queen Of The Prairie 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 Prairie will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 32 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 prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, 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 native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by division.

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