Anyone who has spotted our native meadowsweet (perhaps from a punt on a hot summer’s day) revelling in the boggy land beside a stream will appreciate this larger and finer species from Siberia and Japan.
Filipendula palmata is a hardy herbaceous perennial with flowerrising to 4 feet (1.2 m) from clumps of handsome dark green, five-lobed . These stems are topped in mid-summer with flat, feathery heads of tiny pink which fade to white. It needs rich, moist soil, with or without lime, and associates well with water-loving irises, such as /. laevigata, or, if there is space, with trees and shrubs of the waterside, such as dogwoods and willows. A similar plant, with of a deep cherry pink on crimson stems, is F. purpurea, which also has a white-flowered form, ‘Alba’.
Plant 2 feet (60 cm) apart beside a stream, a natural, or a garden pool with water overlapping the margins.