Filipendula plants are hardy perennials that range in height from 60 cm to 3 m (2 to 10 feet).
They carry pink or purple plumes in the summer and have leaves that are similar to those of ferns.
They can be grown in borders that are a little bit moist.
Some common names for Filipendula include Queen of the meadows, Queen of the Prairie, Pink Froth, Spiraea, Meadowsweet and Dropwort.
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Common Names: Meadowsweet, Dropwort, Queen of the prairie, Queen of the meadows, Bridewort.
Life Cycle: Hardy perennial.
Height: 24 to 120 inches (60 to 300 cm).
Native: Northern America, Europe, Asia.
Seeds of Filipendula species such as Queen of the meadows should be sown in flats in the autumn.
Lightly cover the seeds, cover with glass, and sink in the ground against a north facing shed or wall. Once the seeds have germinated, transfer them into pots.
The Filipendula plants should then be moved to their final location in the autumn.
Filipendula like to grow in a partially shadety area (though some can tolerate sunny conditions in moist soils). They have a preference for an organic alkaline soil.
It can take about two years until Filipendula will flower.
Once established, more Filipendula plants can be had by dividing in the spring in cold areas, and in the Autumn in warmer areas.
Plants are fairly easy to look after. Requires mulching in the spring and autumn, and cutting back to the ground after flowering in the autumn.
The Filipendula genus has a 12 known species.
Absolutely! Filipendula species are known for their feathery flowers, which make great additions to any garden.
Filipendula ulmaria (Meadowsweet) and Filipendula rubra (Queen of the Prairie) are popular in many gardens.
Yes, many Filipendula species have a pleasing fragrance, like the sweet-smelling Meadowsweet.
Filipendula thrives in locations with full sun to part shade and moist, well-drained soil.
Currently, Filipendula is not recognized as an invasive species in the USA.
Filipendula can be removed by digging out the plant, making sure to get as much of the root system as possible.
The Filipendula genus, known as Meadowsweet, contains flowering plants native to the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. These tall, herbaceous perennials produce clusters of small, fragrant flowers in summer, typically in shades of white or pink.
Filipendula plants prefer full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil. They can be grown from seeds or division. Ideal for wildflower gardens, wetlands, or the back of borders, they are also attractive to pollinators and can naturalize in favorable conditions.