Etymology: Filipendula: Latin filum for "thread" and pendulus for "hanging," referring to small tubers strung together by fibrous roots of one species
Plants: erect, perennial, 3'-7' tall, smooth forb
Leaves: once pinnately-divided, side leaflets 3-5 lobed; end leaflet kidney-shaped in outline, up to 8" wide, deeply cut into 5-9 parts
Flowers: pink, 5-parted, 1/8"-1/3" wide, circle of 5-15 pistils; inflorescence a 4"-8" wide, branched, tall, dense cluster (panicle) of stalked flowers; blooms June-July
Fruits: dry, smooth, straight, erect, oblong seed
Habitat: full sun; wet to moderate moisture; meadows, prairies, woods; in sandy, loamy soil
Conservation Status: Introduced - escaped
Floristic Rating: Wetland Indicator = FACW+ USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"