• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Filipendula rubra 'Venusta'

meadowsweet 'Venusta'

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
meadowsweet 'Venusta'

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  • Other common names meadowsweet 'Venusta'

  • Synonyms Filipendula magnifica
    Filipendula rubra 'Magnifica'

    Filipendula rubra 'Venusta Magnifica'
    Spiraea venusta 'Magnifica'

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  • Family Rosaceae

  • Genus Filipendula are rhizomatous herbaceous perennials with pinnately divided leaves and large sprays of small rosy-pink or white flowers borne on leafy stems well above the foliage

  • Details 'Venusta' is an erect herbaceous perennial with pinnate leaves composed of a palmately-lobed terminal leaflet to 20cm in width, and a few pairs of smaller, lobed lateral leaflets. Deep pink flowers in a large terminal spray age to paler pink

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Clump-forming

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H5

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect North-facing or South-facing or East-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Poorly-drained

  • SoilClay, Loam

  • pHNeutral, Acid, Alkaline

Size

  • Ultimate height 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained or poorly-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Can spread, so site with care

Propagation Propagate by seed sown in containers in spring, or by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Cottage & Informal Garden Wildflower meadow

How to care

Pruning Cut back after flowering

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases May be affected by powdery mildews

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