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Filipendula vulgaris (Dropwort)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.6m
Max height
0.45m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Filipendula vulgaris

Other names

Dropwort, Filipendula hexapetala, Garden spiraea , Italian may, Lady's belt , Lady's ruffles, Little queen

Genus

Filipendula Filipendula

Species

F. vulgaris - F. vulgaris is an upright, rhizomatous, rosette-forming, herbaceous perennial with pinnate, finely-divided, dark green leaves and slender, branching stems bearing loose clusters of white, sometimes red-flushed flowers in summer.


Filipendula vulgaris is: Deciduous

Habit

Rosette, Upright

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free

Leaf spot , Powdery mildew Leaf spot , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering.

Propagation methods

Division, Root cuttings, Seed


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Where to grow

Filipendula vulgaris (Dropwort) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.45m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Beds and borders, City, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Waterside

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist or moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates drier conditions and partial shade. Readily self-seeds.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

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Botanical name

Filipendula vulgaris

Other names

Dropwort, Filipendula hexapetala, Garden spiraea , Italian may, Lady's belt , Lady's ruffles, Little queen

Genus

Filipendula Filipendula

Species

F. vulgaris - F. vulgaris is an upright, rhizomatous, rosette-forming, herbaceous perennial with pinnate, finely-divided, dark green leaves and slender, branching stems bearing loose clusters of white, sometimes red-flushed flowers in summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Rosette, Upright


Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free

Specific diseases

Leaf spot , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering.

Propagation methods

Division, Root cuttings, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Filipendula vulgaris (Dropwort) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.45m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Beds and borders, City, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Waterside

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist or moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates drier conditions and partial shade. Readily self-seeds.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Filipendula vulgaris (Dropwort)

Common pest name

grape ground pearl

Scientific pest name

Margarodes vitis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Main pathway; Vitis spp. plants for planting; already prohibited. However; further consideration of other pathways is required.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Filipendula vulgaris (Dropwort)

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Filipendula vulgaris (Dropwort)

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Orgyia thyellina

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous moth pest from Eastern Asia which could be damaging to broadleaf and coniferous species if introduced to the UK; as well as having human health impacts. The main pathway is likely to be on goods (including non-plant material) imported from Eastern Asia and awareness raising with the main industry sectors is recommended.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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