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Filipendula rubra

Filipendula rubra

queen of the prairie, meadowsweet
Common name queen of the prairie, meadowsweet
Family rosaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z3-8)
Flowers pink/white (early summer)
Size 4-6'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes moist garden soil

I'm not sure of the exact species growing in my garden - there doesn't seem to be a concensus about the naming in this genus. Whatever its official name, this is a wonderful plant, from the beautiful dark-red new foliage in early spring to the tall sprays of fluffy flowers in early summer. It appreciates consistent moisture - ordinary garden conditions are fine as long as it gets supplemental watering during dry spells. Expect some wilting after it is first planted. This one took a few years to reach its full potential in our garden.

Filipendula rubra
Red fruit beads in summer

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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