Herb: Queen Of The Prairie

Latin name: Filipendula rubra

Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Medicinal use of Queen Of The Prairie:

The root is rich in tannin, it is used as an astringent in the treatment of diarrhoea, dysentery, bleeding etc. It has also been used in the treatment of various heart complaints. The plant probably contains salicylic acid, the chemical forerunner of aspirin. This is anti-inflammatory and analgesic.

Description of the plant:


2.5 m
(8 1/4 foot)

July to

Habitat of the herb:

Moist meadows and bogs.

Propagation of Queen Of The Prairie:

Seed - best sown in the autumn in a cold frame. The seed can also be sown in a cold frame in spring, germinating best at a temperature of 10 - 13C. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer if they have grown enough. If not, keep them in a cold frame for the winter and plant them out in late spring. Division in autumn or winter. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

Cultivation of the herb:

Moist meadows and bogs.

Known hazards of Filipendula rubra:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.