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PlantFiles: Meadowsweet, Queen of the Meadow
Filipendula ulmaria

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Filipendula (fil-ih-PEN-dyoo-luh) (Info)
Species: ulmaria (ul-MAR-ee-uh) (Info)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
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:
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jimbobobie On Jan 2, 2009, jimbobobie from Cuttingsville, VT wrote:

Filipendula ulmaria grows like a weed here (Shrewsbury, VT, zone 3/4) in full sun to moderate shade. It loves water and even grows wild in boggy ditches along the roads. In my garden it grows in tight clumps to 6 feet high and spreads very slowly. At that height, it is apt to bend over quite a bit but so far has never broken so you don't really have to stake it. After it blooms the flowerheads turn pale brown and aren't particularly attractive, but you can cut it back almost to the ground and it will regrow into a beautiful green mound a foot or two high. I haven't seen it rebloom, but it might in a longer season. When you dig it up to transplant, whatever roots you leave in the ground will sprout new plants right where the shovel cut them, so it's not really invasive.

Positive Malus2006 On Apr 2, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

tough plant , seem to grow even in woodland shade but seem to need a few hours of direct sun - my plants came from seedlings of the variegated variety that reverted back to their plain green colors. I would agree that they need to be up front as most of their interest is in their bottommost leaves which is the largest. The only problem is that this species is rather coarse in texture and make a scraggy patch.

Neutral Ladyfern On May 21, 2005, Ladyfern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

The flowers are very short-lived, but the ferny foliage is very attractive.
Even though the flower stalks are tall, this flower should be planted up next to the walkway since the foliage is so low to the ground. I always have to stake up the floppy flower stalk.
Tolerates my heavy, clay soil just fine.

Positive CaptMicha On May 25, 2004, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Very easy plant to grow and the flowers are very rewarding for the gardener.

I grew this in my butterfly garden which is in full sun and doesn't recieve a great deal of water- only when it rains occassionally.

Neutral Terry On Mar 12, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Height: to 4 ft
Spacing: 24-36"
Light: Partial shade
Hardiness: Zones 3-9
Pronunciation: fil-ip-PEN-dew-luh ul-MAR-ee-uh

Queen-of-the-Meadow produces clusters of white flowers in early summer. The plant requires a moist soil and partial shade; may be a suitable choice in wet areas. Self-sows readily if not deadheaded.


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

Juneau, Alaska
Lemoore, California
Chicago, Illinois
Evanston, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Jeffersonville, Indiana
Falmouth, Maine
Brookeville, Maryland
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Andover, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Bolivar, Missouri
Lincoln, Nebraska
Hilton, New York
Syracuse, New York
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Cuttingsville, Vermont
Porterfield, Wisconsin

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