The Plant Native

Queen of the Prairie

Highlights

You have to thank the generations before us for using their poetic license when naming this gorgeous native flower. The Queen of the Prairie is exactly that: a tall, frothy-pink marvel that grows between 4-6 feet tall. Although it’s a prairie flower, it likes to be in moist areas. Plant it once and enjoy its blooms every summer. Don’t forget to add a garden name tag when you plant!

Full Sun – Part Sun
4′-6′ tall
Flowers in the summer
Filipendula rubra
STUNNING is the only word for it, right?

Dig Deeper

Explore the history, types, and where to plant native Queen of the Prairie

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Why is it important to plant native plants like Queen of the Prairie?

Planting native plants makes our yards and spaces gorgeous while helping the birds, butterflies, and animals (and helping save us time!) Here are three reasons why planting native is worth it:

  1. Without native plants, iconic animals like Monarch butterflies and songbirds won’t have the food or homes needed to survive
  2. Native plants save time and money: after the first year of getting established, native plants are happy with rain
  3. Native plants are gorgeous! Queen of the Prairie is a perfect example of how beautiful and resilient native plants are—they are always the best choice for our gardens.
Map from the USDA Plants database

Where is Queen of the Prairie native?

Queen of the Prairie happily grows from the Northeast to the Midwest and through the Mid-Atlantic region. It also has been ‘introduced’ to the eastern Canadian provinces, meaning it has been growing there happily for a few generations.

How do you plant Queen of the Prairie?

You can plant Queen of the Prairie from seed or from small plants. Scroll on to find some online sources.

Queen of the Prairie needs:

  • Consistent moisture. This plant does not like to get dried out. Plant it along ponds, rivers, lakes, or streams if possible.
  • Full sun to part sun. The sunnier and hotter the area, the more consistent its water needs will be.
  • Lots of space. As the Missouri Botanical Garden says, “This is a large plant for large gardens. Can be spectacular, particularly when massed.”

Because it looks so good planted in a group, we’ve included it in our round-up of Single-Plant Gardens, which are landscaping ideas driven by a single plant (aka one-stop landscaping.)

Where can you find Queen of the Prairie seeds and plants?

Find Queen of the Prairie at local nurseries and plant sales

Check your local independent plant nurseries—specifically any native ones—to find Queen of the Prairie in plant form. The best time to find this plant at a nursery is in the early spring.

Also find your local Master Gardener group (normally every county has one!) and see if they host a spring plant sale. Most Master Gardener groups offer one in the early spring, and they are great for finding difficult-to-find native plants like Queen of the Prairie.

Buy Queen of the Prairie plants online

There are a few online nurseries that sell seeds or plants (or both). Some online sellers include:

What are good pairings for Queen of the Prairie?

Plant this gorgeous flower alongside other native plants that like water, like Joe-Pye Weed, Cardinal Flower, and New York Ironweed. If you’re looking for a shrub too, Buttonbush is the one for you.

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Buttonbush

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Cardinal Flower

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Ironweed

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Joe Pye Weed

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Wild Iris

Queen of the Prairie is one of those unforgettable native flowers—like Rattlesnake Master, Purple Prairie Clover, and Buttonbush—that stand out for their sculptural beauty. All of these native plants have the added benefit of saving you time and money, since after they are established, all they need is rain to thrive.

It’s time we replaced some of the boring landscaping choices of the past with singular, jaw-dropping beauties like Queen of the Prairie. Your neighbors and the pollinators (and your water bill!) will thank you. Happy planting!

UPDATED —
02/19/2024
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