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‘Red Umbrellas’,  Meadow Sweet, zones 3-7

Superb perennials, extremely hardy and pest resistant. Flowers in early summer with impressive plume like flowers. Moist soil and some shade is preferred for best growth. Will tolerate soggy soil. Tall varieties are great in back of the border, short varieties good for accent up front.Deeply cut, fresh green leaves with red center blotches and red striping along the veins. Reddish-pink flowers (similar to those of astilbes). A large statueque plant.  It  prefers damp conditions. Plant in soil high in organic matter and water holding capacity. Keep soil moist, especially during heat and drought. Crown of plant liner should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.

Perfect for woodland gardens, or alongside a pond can tolerate full sun to partial shade. Cut back the plant to the ground in autumn.

Sun Exposure:  sun, part shade but they do best with morning sun and afternoon shade (Pay particular attention to keeping the soil moist in sun)

Soil type: organically rich (fertilize and apply an organic mulch in spring)

Soil PH: any

Soil Moisture: moist to wet

Care level: easy

Flower color: Pink

Bloom time: late June to late July

Foliage Color: grown for its foliage which has a lovely maple leaf shape with dark red veining.

Uses and Characteristics: Accent: has beautiful texture and form, back of border, water garden, shade garden, woodland garden, bog gardens..

Flower head size: medium

Height: 30 inches Width: 36 inches

Growth Rate: medium

Propagation: Divide in spring or fall.