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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Filipendula rubra (Hill) B.L. Rob.
Queen of the prairie, Queen-of-the-prairie
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
, WY Canada: NB
, QC Native Distribution: PA
s. to w. NC
& IL; occasionally naturalizing elsewhere Native Habitat:
Moist meadows & prairies; bogs
Growing ConditionsLight 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.
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:
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National Wetland Indicator Status
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:
- Hinton, WVPrairie Nursery
- Westfield, WI
Record Last Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff