Filipendula rubra (Hill) B.L. Rob. - Queen of the Prairie


 

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Filipendula rubra - (image 1 of 6)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Rosaceae

Habitat

Mostly restricted to peaty and springy calcareous fens in the Chicago area. May grow in other moist habitats.

Associates

In fens found with Aster novae-angliae, Chelone glabra, Cirsium muticum, Cypripedium candidum, Eupatorium maculatum, Juncus dudleyi, Lobelia kalmii, Lycopus americana, Lysimachia quadriflora, Lythrum alatum, Parnassia glauca, Pedicularis lanceolata, Pycnanthemum virginianum, Calamintha arkansana, Solidao ohioensis.

Distribution

 

Morphology

Perennial. Leaves glabrate to weakly pubescent, terminal leaflets palmately 7-9 lobed. Petals rose-colored.

Notes

Flowers mid July to mid July

Wetland indicator: Obligate

One of our most beautiful native plants. Will grow on the shores of alkaline waters. I do not know if it is adaptable to more acidic conditions.

Bibliography

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.

 


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