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Filipendula vulgaris

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Filipendula (fil-ih-PEN-dyoo-luh) (Info)
Species: vulgaris (vul-GAIR-iss) (Info)

Synonym:Filipendula hexapetala

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive clab On Apr 27, 2006, clab from Liberty, MO wrote:

I have had great luck with this plant. It doesn't seem to spread very quickly and I haven't planted more, yet. In building my research/information book, I couldn't find what it was called. Now I know; I can order more. It does real well here in Liberty, Missouri (north suburb of K.C.MO) The foilage is very ferny and the white blooms are beautiful. Wished it lasted longer.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 29, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Rosette forming European perennial favoring dry alkaline soil. Leaves are finely cut; fern-like in appearance. Tiny white flowers appear in dense clusters in June and July. A root decoction has been used to treat kidney ailments, and is an expectorant.

Neutral Terry On Mar 9, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Beautiful fine-textured glossy green foliage forms a mat; creamy white flowers appear from early to mid-summer. Unlike other Filipendulas, it can tolerate dryness.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Craig, Colorado
Chicago, Illinois
Evanston, Illinois
Lombard, Illinois
Elkton, Maryland
Spencer, Massachusetts
Swansea, Massachusetts
Uxbridge, Massachusetts
Grand Marais, Michigan
Manchester, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Liberty, Missouri
Jamesburg, New Jersey
Buffalo, New York
Trumansburg, New York
Belfield, North Dakota
Freeland, Washington
Kennewick, Washington
Spokane, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Bayfield, Wisconsin

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