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Filipendula purpurea

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Pink and Purple in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

purple meadowsweet

Family

Rosaceae


Filipendula are rhizomatous herbaceous perennials with pinnately divided leaves and large sprays of small rosy-pink or white flowers borne on leafy stems well above the foliage

F. purpurea is an herbaceous perennial to 80cm, with bold, palmately divided foliage and tiny, deep purplish-pink flowers in large, airy sprays

Synonym(s)

  • Filipendula palmata purpurea

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, East-facing or North-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained or poorly-drained soil in full sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained or Poorly-drained
  • Neutral, Acid or Alkaline
  • Loam or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in containers in spring, or by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Low Maintenance


How to care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Can be affected by fungal leaf spots; mildew may also be a problem