Please try our next iteration of the Michigan Flora Online here. Beginning on February 1, 2023, will point to this new site.

The new site offers several benefits over the existing website, including real coordinate mapping, giving a clearer view of the density of documentation as well as more precision about plant distributions and their link to landforms. We will also have the ability to update species pages more regularly, both in terms of new collections and as more existing Michigan specimens are georeferenced. In addition, we have a better photo display, and offer indented keys.


Sorbaria might be keyed here if not recognized as woody. It has white flowers and differs from Filipendula in the 5 dehiscent several-seeded follicles and serrate but unlobed leaflets, as well as the woody older stems.

1. Leaves with ca. 8–25 pairs of lateral leaflets.

F. vulgaris

1. Leaves with 2–5 pairs of lateral leaflets.

2. Flowers pink; lateral leaflets usually deeply lobed; fruiting follicles straight.

F. rubra

2. Flowers white; lateral leaflets merely toothed; fruiting follicles strongly curved or twisted.

F. ulmaria

All species found in Filipendula

Filipendula rubraQUEEN-OF-THE-PRAIRIE 
Filipendula ulmariaQUEEN-OF-THE-MEADOW 
Filipendula vulgarisDROPWORT 


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. January 29, 2023.