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Giant Meadowsweet

Filipendula kamtschatica

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Also in this family:
Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle, Alpine Cinquefoil, Alpine Lady's-mantle, Ampfield Cotoneaster, Arran Service Tree, Arran Whitebeam, Barren Strawberry, Bastard Agrimony, Bastard Service Tree, Bearberry Cotoneaster, Bird Cherry, Blackthorn, Bloody Whitebeam, Bramble, Bristol Whitebeam, Broad-leaved Whitebeam, Broadtooth Lady's-mantle, Bronze Pirri-pirri-bur, Bullace Plum, Bullate Cotoneaster, Burnet Rose, Catacol Whitebeam, Caucasian Lady's-mantle, Cheddar Whitebeam, Cherry Laurel, Cherry Plum, Chinese Photinia, Cloudberry, Clustered Lady's-mantle, Common Agrimony, Common Hawthorn, Common Lady's-mantle, Common Medlar, Common Ninebark, Common Whitebeam, Crab Apple, Creeping Chinese Bramble, Creeping Cinquefoil, Crimean Lady's-mantle, Cultivated Apple, Cultivated Pear, Cut-leaved Blackberry, Damson, Devon Whitebeam, Dewberry, Diel's Cotoneaster, Dog Rose, Doward Whitebeam, Dropwort, Elm-leaved Bramble, English Whitebeam, Entire-leaved Cotoneaster, False Salmonberry, Field Rose, Firethorn, Fodder Burnet, Fragrant Agrimony, Franchet's Cotoneaster, Garden Lady's-mantle, Garden Strawberry, Glaucous Dog Rose, Goatsbeard Spiraea, Gough's Rock Whitebeam, Great Burnet, Greengage Plum, Grey-leaved Whitebeam, Hairless Lady's-mantle, Hairy Lady's-mantle, Hautbois Strawberry, Himalayan Blackberry, Himalayan Cotoneaster, Himalayan Whitebeam, Hoary Cinquefoil, Hollyberry Cotoneaster, Hupeh Rowan, Hybrid Cinquefoil, Hybrid Geum, Irish Whitebeam, Japanese Cherry, Japanese Quince, Japanese Rose, Jew's Mallow, Juneberry, Lancaster Whitebeam, Late Cotoneaster, Least Lady's-mantle, Least Whitebeam, Leigh Woods Whitebeam, Ley's Whitebeam, Liljefor's Whitebeam, Littleleaf Cotoneaster, Llangollen Whitebeam, Llanthony Whitebeam, Lleyn Cotoneaster, Loganberry, Many-flowered Rose, Margaret's Whitebeam, Marsh Cinquefoil, Meadowsweet, Midland Hawthorn, Mougeot's Whitebeam, Mountain Ash, Mountain Avens, Mountain Sibbaldia, Moupin's Cotoneaster, No Parking Whitebeam, Ocean Spray, Orange Whitebeam, Pale Bridewort, Pale Lady's-mantle, Parsley Piert, Pirri-pirri-bur, Plymouth Pear, Portuguese Laurel, Purple-flowered Raspberry, Quince, Raspberry, Rock Cinquefoil, Rock Lady's-mantle, Rock Whitebeam, Round-leaved Dog Rose, Round-leaved Whitebeam, Rum Cherry, Russian Cinquefoil, Salad Burnet, Sargent's Rowan, Scannell's Whitebeam, Service Tree, Sharp-toothed Whitebeam, Sherard's Downy Rose, Shining Lady's-mantle, Ship Rock Whitebeam, Short-styled Rose, Shrubby Cinquefoil, Silver Lady's-mantle, Silverweed, Slender Parsley Piert, Slender-spined Bramble, Small-flowered Sweetbriar, Small-leaved Sweetbriar, Soft Downy Rose, Somerset Whitebeam, Sorbaria, Sour Cherry, Southern Downy Rose, Southern Lady's-mantle, Spineless Acaena, Spring Cinquefoil, St. Lucie's Cherry, Steeplebush, Stern's Cotoneaster, Stirton's Whitebeam, Stone Bramble, Sulphur Cinquefoil, Swedish Service Tree, Swedish Whitebeam, Sweet Briar, Symond's Yat Whitebeam, Tengyueh Cotoneaster, Thimbleberry, Thin-leaved Whitebeam, Tibetan Cotoneaster, Tormentil, Trailing Tormentil, Tree Cotoneaster, Trefoil Cinquefoil, Twin-cliffs Whitebeam, Two-spined Acaena, Wall Cotoneaster, Water Avens, Waterer's Cotoneaster, Waxy Lady's-mantle, Welsh Cotoneaster, Welsh Whitebeam, White Burnet, White's Whitebeam, White-stemmed Bramble, Wild Cherry, Wild Pear, Wild Plum, Wild Service Tree, Wild Strawberry, Willmott's Whitebeam, Willow-leaved Bridewort, Willow-leaved Cotoneaster, Wineberry, Wood Avens, Wye Whitebeam, Yellow-flowered Strawberry
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
2 metres tall
Gardens, meadows, mountains, riversides, wasteland, waterside.

White, 5 petals
The flowers appear in clusters and are pinkish-white. Pollinated by bees, flies and beetles.
The fruit is an achene.
A clump-forming perennial plant with slightly hairy, pinnate leaves. The leaves are between 6 and 18 inches (15 to 45cm) long. Leaflets have serrated margins. Similar to Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) but Giant Meadowsweet as it's name implies is a much larger plant with larger leaflets.
The flowers have fragrance.
Other Names:
Dropwort, Kamchatka Meadowsweet.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

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Other Information


Filipendula kamtschatica, commonly known as Kamchatka meadowsweet, is a perennial herb in the Rosaceae family. It is native to the Kamchatka Peninsula, Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands in Russia. It typically grows to a height of 1-2 meters and has large, feathery leaves and large clusters of pink or white flowers that bloom in the summer. The plant prefers moist, well-drained soils and partial shade to full sun. It is often used in gardens as an ornamental plant for its attractive foliage and flowers. It is hardy and can withstand cold temperatures. It can be propagated by dividing the rhizomes or by seed.


Giant Meadowsweet (Filipendula kamtschatica) is a plant native to the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia. It is a member of the Rosaceae family and is closely related to other members of the genus Filipendula, such as the European Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria).

Giant Meadowsweet is a striking plant, known for its tall stems and large, feathery plumes of creamy-white flowers. The plant can grow up to six feet tall and prefers to grow in moist, well-drained soils in areas with full sun or partial shade. In the wild, it is often found growing near streams, ponds, and other water sources.

One of the most interesting features of Giant Meadowsweet is its medicinal properties. The plant has a long history of use in traditional medicine, particularly in Russia and China, where it has been used to treat a variety of ailments, including fevers, colds, and digestive issues.

Modern research has shown that Giant Meadowsweet contains a number of compounds that have potential health benefits. For example, the plant is rich in salicylates, which are natural compounds that are similar to aspirin. This means that Giant Meadowsweet may have pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects, and may also help to reduce fever.

In addition to its medicinal properties, Giant Meadowsweet is also an attractive and useful plant for gardeners. Its tall, graceful stems and delicate flowers make it a popular choice for landscaping, and it can be used as a focal point in mixed borders or as a backdrop for other plants.

Giant Meadowsweet is also a good plant for attracting pollinators to the garden. The flowers are a rich source of nectar and pollen, and are particularly attractive to bees and butterflies.

Giant Meadowsweet is a fascinating and useful plant that deserves more attention from gardeners and herbalists alike. With its striking appearance, medicinal properties, and value as a pollinator plant, it is a great addition to any garden or natural area.

There are several other interesting facts about Giant Meadowsweet that are worth mentioning. For example:

  • The plant is sometimes known as Kamchatka Meadowsweet, as it is native to the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia. It is also sometimes called Siberian Meadowsweet.

  • In addition to its medicinal uses, Giant Meadowsweet has also been used in the production of perfume and as a flavoring for food and drink.

  • The flowers of Giant Meadowsweet are often used in floral arrangements, and can add height and texture to bouquets and centerpieces.

  • Like many plants in the Rosaceae family, Giant Meadowsweet produces small, round fruits known as achenes. These fruits are not typically eaten by humans, but may be consumed by birds and other wildlife.

  • Giant Meadowsweet is a hardy perennial, which means that it can survive for several years in the same location. It is also relatively low-maintenance, and can tolerate a range of soil types and growing conditions.

Overall, Giant Meadowsweet is a fascinating and versatile plant that has a lot to offer. Whether you are interested in its medicinal properties, its ornamental value, or its role in supporting pollinators, it is a plant that is well worth getting to know.

In addition to its use in traditional medicine, modern research has also shown that Giant Meadowsweet may have potential benefits for skin health. For example, some studies have suggested that extracts of the plant may help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and may also have anti-inflammatory effects that could benefit individuals with conditions such as acne or eczema.

Giant Meadowsweet is also a plant with cultural significance in some parts of the world. For example, in Russia, it is sometimes used in traditional folk medicine as a remedy for colds and fever. It is also sometimes used in decorative arts, such as embroidery and painting.

In terms of cultivation, Giant Meadowsweet can be grown from seed or propagated by dividing established clumps. It is a hardy plant that is relatively easy to grow, but it does prefer moist soil and may require regular watering in dry conditions.

Another interesting aspect of Giant Meadowsweet is its role in ecological restoration. Because the plant is native to wetland habitats, it can be a valuable tool for restoring or enhancing wetland ecosystems. For example, it can be used in projects aimed at improving water quality or providing habitat for wildlife such as birds, amphibians, and insects.

In addition, the leaves and stems of Giant Meadowsweet are often consumed by herbivores such as deer, elk, and moose. This makes it an important food source for these animals, especially during the winter months when other vegetation may be scarce.

Giant Meadowsweet is also a plant that is highly adaptable to changing environmental conditions. This makes it a useful species for studying how plants respond to factors such as climate change or habitat fragmentation.

Overall, Giant Meadowsweet is a fascinating plant that has a wide range of ecological, cultural, and medicinal uses. Whether you are interested in its ornamental value, its potential health benefits, or its role in supporting wetland ecosystems, it is a plant that is worth learning more about.

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