Favorite or New Plant
Filipendula rubra 'Venusta'
Queen-of-the-prairie (Filipendula rubra 'Venusta') certainly does reign supreme over the garden in July. Her deep pink flower sprays resemble cotton candy and command attention when she reaches 5 to 7 feet tall. This plant is adaptable to moist or average soils, and it spreads into a large clump so give it plenty of room. It's easily divided so you can spread out the show.
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