Search

[?]

Dropwort

Filipendula vulgaris

Plant Data

Order:
Rosales
Family:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
The flowers are similar-looking to Meadowsweet but are in looser clusters and larger, each flower growing up to 15mm across and having 5 to 6 creamy white petals, often reddish.
Fruit:
Groups of softly hairy nutlets. Each nutlet measuring up to 4cm across.
Leaves:
Several finely-cut, crowded basal leaflets, darker in colour than Meadowsweet. Fern-like in appearance, hence the plants alternative name of Fern-leaf Dropwort. Leaflets are in pairs of 8 to 10.
Maximum Size:
50cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
Both the leaves and root are edible, raw or cooked. A bitter-tasting famine food.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
The flowers, unlike the similar-looking Meadowsweet are unscented.
Other Names:
Fern-leaf Dropwort, Garden Spiraea, Italian May, Lady's Belt, Lady's Ruffles, Little Queen.
Habitats:
Grassland, meadows, roadsides, rocks.