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Queen of the Prairie

Filipendula rubra


What a magnificent scene Queen of the Prairie creates when it is in bloom. The full, fluffy, colorful plant fills deep seasonal borders, mixed gardens and large landscaping beds with plenty of soft, light texture and natural beauty all summer long. Gardeners anticipate the airy sprays of deep pink florets that cover the butterfly-friendly plants every year. Queen of the Prairie does very well in large decorative container.

The leaves are large and deeply lobed on zigzag stems, and the plants grow to 5 feet tall. It's best grown in full sun (although they can take some shade), and prefers moist to wet soils. The roots are rhizomatous and will spread, which makes it a great plant for naturalizing in moist meadows, but be aware of the semi-aggressive nature in small garden settings.


Excellent cut flower. Every florist's desire.

Please note :This species may be difficult and/or slow to germinate and grow to maturity. 



Plant life cycle: Perennial

Site: Full sun, partial shade,partial sun

Height: 4-5' Feet

Seed depth: Surface, press into the soil

Plant spacing: 18-24"

Approx seeds per packet: 50


How to grow:

Direct sow in late fall, planting the seeds just below the surface and lightly compacting the soil. For spring planting or starting indoors, mix the seed with moist sand and store it in the refrigerator for 90 days before direct sowing; keep the soil consistently moist until germination. These seeds germinate best at temperatures around 55 degrees F. Thin or transplant the seedlings. Transplanting should be done while the plants are small, since the taproot makes it difficult at larger sizes.


Growing: These plants do not tolerate drought well, and the soil should be kept consistently moist and rich. Dry soil or too much sun tends to damage the foliage, since this plant prefers cooler weather. When grown from seed, this plant will start producing flowers in its second year. Deadheading will not produce new flowers, though cutting back the plant will cause new growth of foliage. Mature plants can be divided in the fall after they have gone dormant; they will also self-seed and spread by rhizomes, though volunteer plants can easily be removed. This plant attracts bees and resists deer.



How to harvest:

For fresh flowers, cut long stems of flowers that have just opened and place them in water immediately; strip the leaves that will fall below the water.



Vase Life: 5-7 days

Filipendula rubra Queen of the Prairie

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