Scientific Name:
Filipendula vulgaris Moench (1794)
  • = Spiraea filipendula L. – as Filipendula
  • = Filipendula hexapetala Gilib. (1782)
Vernacular Name(s):

Perennial herb, up to 80 cm tall at flowering, usually not branched except in infl.; stems glabrous, erect, arising from a woody, tuberous stock. Lvs pinnate, chiefly in basal rosette; petiole amplexicaul, up to 10–(18) mm long, pale, grooved, puberulent; blade narrowly oblong to oblanceolate, 100–150–(250) × 20–40 mm, divided into 8–18–(20) pairs of leaflets, interspersed with reniform, laciniate lobes; leaflets irregularly pinnatifid, to 20 mm long, glabrous on both surfaces or sparsely ciliolate, the lower surface slightly paler than upper; rachis glabrous except near base; stipules short, laciniate, adnate to petiole at base; cauline lvs smaller. Infl. terminal, up to 20 cm long and usually about the same width; primary branches ± erect, purplish, grooved, glabrate. Fls shortly pedicellate, usually 6-merous. Sepals fused at base; lobes c. 1.5 mm long, oblong, obtuse, rose-flushed, reflexed after flowering. Petals broadly obovate, c. 5 mm long, rounded, creamy white. Stamens numerous, c. = petals. Fr. of erect, inward curving, prominently hispid achenes, 3.5–5 mm long.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Nov.–Jan.

Flora of North America Editorial Committee 2014: Magnoliophyta: Picramniaceae to Rosaceae. Flora of North America Editorial Committee (ed.) Flora of North America. Vol. 9. Oxford University Press, New York.