Variegated Queen of the Meadow

By Charlie Nardozzi

Another common plant that has taken on a new look is queen of the meadow or Filipendula. This hardy perennial grows 4 feet tall, producing plumes of creamy white or pink flowers in midsummer. It's one of the few perennials that can thrive in shade and wet conditions.

A new variegated form of Filipendula adds color and character to this hardy perennial's list of desirable traits. Filipendula ulmaria 'variegata' features dark green foliage with splashes of bright gold. Occasionally a branch will revert to all-green foliage. Simply prune it out to keep the plant uniformly variegated.

For more information on this variegated Filipendula, go to: Missouri Botanic Garden.

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