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Filipendula rubra 'Venusta'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Filipendula (fil-ih-PEN-dyoo-luh) (Info)
Species: rubra (ROO-bruh) (Info)
Cultivar: Venusta

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Mar 20, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This cultivar has flowers that are described as deep pink to carmine, but plants in commerce in the US are pale pink. The Royal Horticultural Society has given this cultivar its coveted Award of Garden Merit.

aka 'Magnifica'

This is a big imposing plant, commonly reaching 6-8' tall. Flowers are handsome and good for cutting. Foliage is bold. Very handsome in the right place. Because of its size and aggressive spread, it requires lots of room and frequent division or a root barrier. The rhizomes are shallow and around 1/2" across.

It also requires lots of sun and regular moisture---in the wild, this species is a plant of wet meadows and water edges. It is drought-sensitive, and drying out leads to brown leaves. Irrigation is essential for good performance here in eastern Massachusetts.

In the wild, this species prefers alkaline soil.

Single clones of this species require pollen from a second clone for seed to be produced. Propagation is easy by division.

Native from Pennsylvania to Illinois and south to Georgia. Considered endangered or threatened in five states.

Positive Rickwebb On Dec 4, 2013, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

It is a tall, large perennial that is strong and hardy. Its only weakness is that it does not do well with drought. It likes moist or draining wet soils. It spreads out slow to medium as an increasing larger clump into a colony by underground stems and can push out other plants. It does self-sow some, as I have had seedlings pop up in various spots in the garden, coming true, like the parent, from seed. The flower clusters are mildly fragrant like lilac. A number of pollinators like the flowers as bees, wasps, butterflies, etc. I often cut the foliage down in late summer if the plants get browned, and it re-emerges green, but only 1 to 3 ft high. It likes my good quality clay, pH 6.9 soil. Easy to dig and divide and propagate divisions.

Positive killdawabbit On Jun 22, 2010, killdawabbit from Christiana, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

Another common name for this is Filipendula rubra Venusta Magnifica. Beautiful plant. In bloom or out. Needs constant moisture to do its best.


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

Harpswell, Maine
Pinconning, Michigan
Marshall, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Stockett, Montana
Litchfield, New Hampshire
Clyde, Ohio
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Christiana, Tennessee
Wild Rose, Wisconsin

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