Highly recommended for the back of the border! Showy, 4-5' plants are especially attractive when massed together. Bear beautiful, feathery, two-toned pink blooms from mid to late summer. Naturalizes easily in meadows, woodlands, stream sides and other moist areas. Plant 24-30" apart in sun to partial shade. #1 fieldgrown plants. Zones 4-9. Filipendula purpurea
Botanical Name: Filipendula purpurea
Common Name: Queen of the Prairie; Meadowsweet
Form: Herbaceous perennial
Sun Exposure: Partial Shade/Full Sun
Height/Habit: 4 - 5'
Spread: 24 - 30"
Spacing: 24 - 30"
Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9 (-20 degrees F)
Flowering Date: From mid to late summer.
Shipping Season: Spring
Unique Characterstics: Beautiful two-toned pink blooms resemble those of the spirea. Wonderful as a back border planting, particularly when several are massed together.
Flower Color: Pink.
Flower Form: Plumes of tiny, fluffy blooms.
Foliage Type: Pinnate, toothed leaves in medium green.
Pruning: None special.
Soil Requirement: Plant in moderately fertile, moist but well drained soil.
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This is a wonderful and VERY carefree plant for medium to large size yardens. It works particularly well in an informal setting. I planted mine alongside a tiny hand-dug pond and stream where the soil tends to be somewhat moist and the light is mostly sunny. The slightly-peachy, very frothy clusters of flowers are a joy for several weeks in early summer every year, and the foliage is very handsome well into autumn. This plant DOES spread. I've had mine for about seven years, and I think this year I'll dig some clumps from around the perimeter to put elsewhere in my yarden and to share with others. If you don't want it to spread at all, you might want to put in a barrier when you first plant it. This plant gets to be over 5 feet tall, and makes a truly carefree and beautiful privacy planting. I recommend Pink Smoke Bush placed where it will be seen in the same view as Queen of the Prairie. They bloom at the same time and complement each other with a similar color and texture of bloom, and contrasting plant structure.