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Filipendula rubra - (Hill.)Robinson.

Common Name Queen Of The Prairie, Meadowsweet
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness 3-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist meadows and bogs[222].
Range Eastern N. America - Pennsylvania to Georgia, west to Michigan and Iowa.
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Filipendula rubra Queen Of The Prairie, Meadowsweet


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Filipendula rubra Queen Of The Prairie, Meadowsweet
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 2: 249.

 

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Summary

Bloom Color: Pink. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Mid summer. Form: Upright or erect.


Physical Characteristics

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Filipendula rubra is a PERENNIAL growing to 2.5 m (8ft) by 1.3 m (4ft 3in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 2. It is in flower from July to August, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies, beetles. The plant is self-fertile.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist or wet soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Meadow; Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses



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Analgesic;  Antiinflammatory;  Astringent;  Cardiac.

The root is rich in tannin, it is used as an astringent in the treatment of diarrhoea, dysentery, bleeding etc[222]. It has also been used in the treatment of various heart complaints[257]. The plant probably contains salicylic acid, the chemical forerunner of aspirin[222]. This is anti-inflammatory and analgesic[222].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Specimen. Requires a humus-rich moist soil in semi-shade[200]. Succeeds in full sun only if the soil is reliably moist throughout the growing season[200]. Dislikes dry or acid soils[1, 17]. Does well in marshy soils[24, 200]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Plants can be grown in quite coarse grass, which can be cut annually in the autumn[233]. Although the plants are perfectly hardy in Britain, they appreciate the winter protection of bracken or some similar mulch when grown in areas of prolonged frosts[200]. Plants spread fairly freely and form large clumps[233]. There is at least one named variety, selected for its ornamental value[200]. The flowers are very attractive to bees[24, 30]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, North American native, Suitable for cut flowers.

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Propagation

Seed - best sown in the autumn in a cold frame[1]. The seed can also be sown in a cold frame in spring, germinating best at a temperature of 10 - 13°c[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer if they have grown enough. If not, keep them in a cold frame for the winter and plant them out in late spring. Division in autumn or winter[200]. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Duchesnea filipendula 20
Filipendula kamtschatica 20
Filipendula multijuga 10
Filipendula ulmariaMeadowsweet, Queen of the meadow, Double Lady of the Meadow, European Meadowsweet33
Filipendula vestita 01
Filipendula vulgarisDropwort, Meadowsweet21

 

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