queen of the prairie

Filipendula rubra (queen of the prairie) is a tall and dramatic herbaceous perennial with large, elegant sprays of small deep pink flowers borne on leafy stems well above the foliage.

It has a pleasant fragrance and graceful blossoms mature to pale pink over time and are nicely complemented by deeply cut, bright green leaves that are equally fragrant. It is a tough, long lasting native perennial that is valued for its beautiful large leaves and its flowers. Queen of the prairie spreads rapidly by creeping roots. Be sure to provide consistent moisture as queen of the prairie is intolerant of drought. This will help keep the foliage attractive throughout the growing season.

Botanical Name Filipendula rubra
Common Name queen of the prairie
Family Rosaceae
USDA Zone 3 thru 8
Light Requirement Full Sun to Part Shade
Season(s) of interest spring, summer, fall, winter
Height and Spread 4-6ft x 3-4ft (1.2-1.8m x0.9-1.2m)
Flower Color Deep Pink
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Pollinators,
Additional Information Native to Chicago Region. Native to moist meadows and prairies from Pennsylvania to Minnesota, south to Kentucky and Georgia.
Location in Lurie Garden North Dark Plate, Southeast Dark Plate, Southwest Dark Plate