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As a comment about Queen of the Prairie (Filipendula rubra), jvdubb wrote:

I got Queen of the Prairie from my grandmother nine years ago. I have taken it with me through two moves. Currently I grow it in full sun and full shade. The plants in full sun multiply rapidly via runners. Every year I have to thin them. I do use supports to keep these tall stems upright. The blooms are so much fun. First, pearls of pink sometime around the beginning of July. Then they explode into cotton candy! They only bloom for about 10 days in my zone 6. Not long enough for these wonderful blooms! I have noticed that Japanese Beetles love all parts of this plant. However, they never seem to kill it even when they strip most of the leaves.

The plants in full shade do not multiply and do not get taller than 30 inches. They also do not bloom well.
Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
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Sep 25, 2015 5:47 PM CST
I read this sometime last week and now I think of pink pearls every time I go out to check on my Queen. It is late in the season, but today some of those pearls burst open!! I planted several this spring, but only the one developed flowers.

So far, we have not seen any Japanese Beetles here, but have further east in the Des Moines area see them. We have plenty of other pests that I have been picking off some of my favorite flowers, just to get pictures without seeing them. :(

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