Cotton candy flowers? Sounds like Queen of the Prairie - Filipendula rubra. Beautiful spray-like clusters of fuzzy, pink, fragrant flowers on 4-5’ tall stems in June – August make this plant a stand out in any garden. Even the maple-shaped leaves are attractive. In the wild, it grows mainly in wetland areas, but it is very adaptable to the home garden. It's best grown in full sun (although they can take some shade), and prefers moist to wet soils, however it can be has been successfully grown in a conventional garden . The roots are rhizomatous and will spread, which makes it a great plant for naturalizing in moist meadows. It spreads less in a conventional moisture situation. Filipendula rubra is easily divided and reset if needed.
A showy species, this coarse-leaved perennial flourishes in wildflower gardens.
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