Filipendula rubra (queen of the prairie)
Filipendula rubra (Photo licensed under CC BY 2.0)
Filipendula rubra (Hill) B.L.Rob.
queen of the prairie
Not evaluated according to IUCN Red List criteria, but threatened in parts of its range.
Wet meadows and boggy areas; usually on calcium-rich soils.
About this species
A herbaceous perennial native to the United States, queen of the prairie is an attractive addition to bog gardens and streamside plantings. It has elegant, deeply cut foliage and dense clusters of small pink flowers held above, and has been given the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). The generic name Filipendula comes from the Latin for thread (filum) and drooping (pendulus) in reference to the root tubers of some species which hang together joined by fine fibres.
Spiraea rubra, Ulmaria rubra