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Meadowsweet

Filipendula ulmaria

Plant Data

Order:
Rosales
Family:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Creamy-white flowers in fluffy clusters, having many stamens. 5 petals and 5 sepals.
Fruit:
A green, linear and flattened, twisted seed, up to 6mm long. Turns brown with age. Not hairy.
Leaves:
Pinnate leaves which are mostly alternate along the stems. Each leaf has between 5 and 9 leaflets. The terminal leaflet is the largest of them all - it has 3 to 5 deep lobes. All leaflets have double-serrated margins and pointed tips. The upper surfaces of the leaves are smooth and hairless. The undersides of the leaves are pale and is densely hairy but the hairs are very short. The leaves have stipules, up to about 1cm in length.
Maximum Size:
120cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The immature leaves and roots can be cooked and eaten. The leaves can be used to flavour soups. The flowers, leaves and roots can all be used to make tea.
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 are fragrant, smelling of marzipan.
Other Names:
Bridewort, Double Lady of the Meadow, European Meadowsweet, Mead Wort, Queen-of-the-meadow.
Habitats:
Fens, hedgerows, marshes, meadows, swamps, woodland.