En EspaŅol
Filipendula rubra (Queen of the prairie) | NPIN
Share

NPIN: Native Plant Database

Search for native plants by scientific name, common name or family. If you are not sure what you are looking for, try the Combination Search or our Recommended Species lists.

Search native plant database:
Name:    
Family:    
See a list of all Plants





Filipendula rubra (Queen of the prairie)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Filipendula rubra

Filipendula rubra (Hill) B.L. Rob.

Queen of the prairie, Queen-of-the-prairie

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: FIRU2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (I)

A robust perennial, growing 3-5 ft. high. Attractive, deeply cut leaves with 7-9 lobes can be 3 ft. long. Large, feathery clusters of small, fragrant, pink flowers. The large sprays of small pink, fragrant blossoms are its claim to fame. Numerous stamens give the spirea-like flowers a fuzzy appearance.

A showy species, this coarse-leaved perennial flourishes in wildflower gardens. Meadow Queen (F. ulmaria), a shorter European introduction with white or greenish-white flowers, is also found in the East.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit:
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug

Distribution

USA: CT , GA , IA , IL , IN , MA , MD , ME , MI , MO , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , VA , VT , WI , WV , WY
Canada: NB , NL , NS , ON , QC
Native Distribution: PA to MI, s. to w. NC & IL; occasionally naturalizing elsewhere
Native Habitat: Moist meadows & prairies; bogs

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Moist, rich soils.
Conditions Comments: Native to moist soils but will do well in average or dry soils.

Benefit

Attracts: Butterflies

Propagation

Description: Best propagated by rootstock division in early spring or fall. To propagate from seed, scratch cleaned seed into the soil in fall or store over winter, stratify and plant in spring. Stem cuttings can be made in mid-spring before the flowers appear.
Seed Collection: Collect in late summer or early fall when tops of plants turn gray, usually 4-6 weeks after blooming. Since the fruits do no dehisce, the achene itself can be treated as a seed for cleaning, storing and sowing. Store in sealed, refrigerated container.
Seed Treatment: Cold-moist stratification (40 degrees for two months)
Commercially Avail: yes

Mr. Smarty Plants says

Native flowers for Door County, Wisconsin
September 02, 2009
We recently were required to put in a new septic system on our vacation property in Door County, WI. This left us with a clearing on our wooded lot where the septic field is now located. The installer...
view the full question and answer

National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: OBL FACW OBL FACW
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Enchanter's Garden - Hinton, WV
Prairie Nursery - Westfield, WI
* Available Online from Wildflower Center Store

Bibliography

Bibref 928 - 100 easy-to-grow native plants for Canadian gardens (2005) Johnson, L.; A. Leyerle
Bibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
* The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.

Search More Titles in Bibliography

From the Archive

Wildflower Newsletter 1994 VOL. 11, NO.4 - Night of the Wildflowers Fundraising Event, New Site Preview Featured at Members...

Additional resources

USDA: Find Filipendula rubra in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Filipendula rubra in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Filipendula rubra

Metadata

Record Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff

Go back

E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP
© 2014 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center