Filipendula rubra 'Venusta' in flower

Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’      Family: Rosaceae
(fil-ih-PEND-yew-lah  ROO-brah  veh-NEW-stah)

Common name: meadowsweet; Queen of the Prairie
Zone: 3 – 9
Height: 5-6 ft (1.5-1.8m) Spread: 3-4 ft (0.9-1.2m)
Aspect: full sun; partial shade
Soil: moist; fertile; well-draining
Water: regular       

Description: An herbaceous perennial with an upright, spreading habit. Deeply cut, medium-green, compound-pinnate leaves are fragrant. Cloud-like, deep pink, fragrant flowers appear on masses of corymbs up to 6 inches (15 cm) across in mid-June through July. Flowers fade to light pink with age.


Special Notes: Native to North America. Has commanding presence in the garden. Long bloom period that attracts bees and butterflies. Good cut flower. Dried flowers useful in potpourri. Used as a medicinal plant in homeopathy. Few pests or diseases. Deer and rabbit resistant. Propagate by fresh seed; division in spring or autumn.


RHS Award of Garden Merit 1993


Posted on January 31, 2013