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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)



Water Requirements:

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

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Juneau, Alaska

Lemoore, California

Lemoore Station, California

Chicago, Illinois

Evanston, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Indianapolis, Indiana

Jeffersonville, Indiana

Falmouth, Maine

Brookeville, Maryland

Clare, Michigan

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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 13, 2017, happytomato2008 from Shell Lake, WI wrote:

This plant cannot be sold in Nurseries in the State of Wisconsin- Restricted to prevent spread: phased out list.


On Mar 23, 2015, Canukia from Red Deer,
Canada wrote:

A very much needed plant. Good stomachic and aspirin substitute that really works. Flowers are the most potent, but leaves contain other constituents which assist the action of the flowers. A lady friend who went for an ultrasound saw (in the stomach area) what she described as a black mark on the screen, like a burn from a cigarette butt. When she asked about it, the operator said to her, "Oh, you must have took an aspirin before coming here." She said "Yes, about an hour or two ago." The operator replied, "Well that's what it looks like on ultra sound but don't worry it will heal over." Anaturopathic medicine may help one system but always at the expense of another. **Update**. A lady friend who is prone to debilitating migraines asked if I had anything to help. While I have... read more


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.