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Filipendula ulmaria 'Aurea'

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

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 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:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

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

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Oct 16, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This perennial is mainly grown for its golden foliage. The flowers are ornamentally insignificant, and flower stalks are best cut off before bloom to keep the foliage in good shape. The foliage holds up better in cool-summer climates than in the southern US, and is best with protection from afternoon sun.

This cultivar does not come true from seed---seedlings will have green foliage.

Positive Malus2006 On Feb 18, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This plant keep its golden color all growing season long but have a habit of seedlings - the seedlings comes up at a low to moderate rate. Partial shade. Look good with smaller gold forms of hosta (not too small hosta).


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

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Northfield, Minnesota
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Lexington, Virginia
Rosalia, Washington

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