Meadowsweet – Filipendula ulmaria

Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) has a few names that it is known by such as Bridewort, meadow queen, meadow-wort, pride of the meadow, queen of the meadow, lady of the meadow, dollof and finally meadsweet. Meadowsweet is a member of the Rose Family that prefers to live in damp / wet habitats such as riverbanks and ditches.

This plant is known for it spray of tiny white flowers that stand tall on top of their high stem. It is identified by its fluffy, white flower tops and dark green leaves that are divided into pairs.  The stem can reach up to 2 m heigh with sometimes a reddish or purple colour. The dark green colour is on the top side of the leaf where as the underside is more white with a downy texture.

Height: 100 – 200cm
Flowering Time: June – September
Preferred Conditions:  Prefers calcareous soil that is neutral and moderately fertile with fluctuating water levels.

Meadowsweet - Filipendula ulmaria