These lush plants bear plumes of tiny flowers above large, coarsely divided leaves. Most species prefer moist to constantly damp soil. Use in borders, in naturalistic landscapes, beside ponds.
- From Japan.
- Pink, 3- to 4 feet-tall plumes rise above maplelike, 5- to 7 inches leaves in clumps to 2 feet across.
- Alba (F.
- albiflora) has white plumes to 2 feet tall.
- Elegans is compact at 12 feet tall; its white plumes have red stamens.
queen of the prairie
- Native to eastern U.S. Given plenty of moisture and rich soil, can reach 8 feet high in bloom and about half as wide.
- Bears pink plumes.
- Venusta has purplish pink flowers and is a little shorter, to 46 feet high.
meadowsweet, queen of the meadow
- From Europe, western Asia.
- To 46 feet high and 2 feet wide, with 10 inches., creamy white plumes.
- Flore Pleno, just 3 feet tall, has dense plumes of double white flowers; 'Variegata' is similar, but with gold-speckled leaves.
- Aurea is grown not for flowers but for bright golden leaves; protect from sun.
filipendula vulgaris(Filipendula hexapetala)
- Native to Europe and northern and central Asia.
- White plumes on 3 feet stems rise above 10 inches., fernlike leaves with 1 inches leaflets; mounds reach 112 feet wide.
- Double-flowered 'Multiplex' ('Flore Pleno') has heavier-looking plumes.
- Needs less water than the other species; also prefers full sun in the Upper and Middle South.
- Thrives in alkaline soils.