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Filipendula rubra (queen of the prairie)

Queen of the prairie is an attractive bog garden perennial, with clusters of rose-pink flowers and fragrant leaves.
Queen of the prairie flowers

Filipendula rubra (Photo licensed under CC BY 2.0)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Filipendula rubra (Hill) B.L.Rob.

Common name: 

queen of the prairie

Conservation status: 

Not evaluated according to IUCN Red List criteria, but threatened in parts of its range.

Habitat: 

Wet meadows and boggy areas; usually on calcium-rich soils.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental, medicinal.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Rosanae
Order: 
Rosales
Family: 
Rosaceae
Genus: Filipendula

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.

Synonym: 

Spiraea rubra, Ulmaria rubra

Genus: 
Filipendula

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