• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Filipendula purpurea

Purple meadowsweet

Purple meadowsweet

© � RHS 1999

  • Other common names Purple meadowsweet

  • Synonyms Filipendula palmata purpurea

  • Genus Filipendula are rhizomatous herbaceous perennials with pinnately divided leaves and large sprays of small rosy-pink or white flowers borne on leafy stems well above the foliage

  • Family Rosaceae / Rosaceae

  • Species F. purpurea is an herbaceous perennial to 80cm, with bold, palmately divided foliage and tiny, deep purplish-pink flowers in large, airy sprays

  • Plant range Japan

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Clump-forming

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or East-facing or North-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Poorly-drained

  • SoilLoam, Clay

  • pHNeutral, Acid, Alkaline

Size

  • Ultimate height

    0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained or poorly-drained soil in full sun or partial shade

Propagation Propagate by seed sown in containers in spring, or by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Low Maintenance Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Cut back after flowering

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Can be affected by fungal leaf spots; mildew may also be a problem

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