Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Rosales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Read more about Queen-of-the-Prairie at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 9 (2014)
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 097-12-001:
Filipendula rubra FAMILY Rosaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913 pnd_firu2_001_lvd
Terminal leaflet with 7-9 palmate lobes; lateral leaflets lobed and toothed, per Weakley's Flora (2020).
Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 9
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Native to North Carolina
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Pinnately compound; leaflets palmately lobed
Alternate (basal leaves absent or withered at flowering)
Leaves have petioles.
Leaves are subtended by stipules.
Strongly rhizomatous, forming irregular patches
Pink to purplish
5 united sepals
Inflorescence an anthela, w lateral flowering branches exceeding the main axis
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants p175
- Newcomb's Wildflower Guide (Newcomb, 1977) p234
- Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast (Cotterman, Waitt, & Weakley, 2019) p376
- Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains (Smith, 1998) p073
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