Fairly common and usually found growing in clumps, it can often be smelled before being seen.
|Common Names||Meadowsweet, Meadsweet, Mead Wort|
|Scientific Name||Filipendula ulmaria|
Dark green on the upper surface and whitish and downy underneath. The leaves have serrated edges and the terminal leaflets are three to five lobed with smaller leaflets growing behind these.
The smell and the leaves on this plant are very distinctive so it would be hard to confuse it with another plant.
Very sweet with a ‘Germolene’/ hospital smell.
Medicinal and unpleasant but some people seem to like the taste.
The flowers can be collected and used to make fritters or even an elderflower champagne like drink but as I mentioned I don’t like the taste.
The plant contains salicylic acid which was synthesized in 1897 by Felix Hoffmann for the Bayer pharmaceutical company into acetylsalicylic acid which was called Aspirin. Aspirin is more gentle on the stomach than salicylic acid and has different medical effects.
Meadow sweet used to be used to sweeten and flavour wines, beer and mead.
It was also used on floors and bedding many years ago to help mask household smells.
So happy I found this site! Any info on feverfew?
Back in the 70s it grew prolifically in backyards in the UK.
My mother used it for many things, especially rheumatic pains.
Now that everyone seemed to have hardscaped their yards, I seldom see it.
Apparently Feverfew can help prevent Migranes. We have loads of it in our garden here 🙂
Many years ago I bought a tiny feverfew plant from a local nursery here in east Anglia and it has since self seeded and made itself very much at home in my garden. It is happiest in a bit of shade and flowers for months and months on plants of up to 60 x 60 cm.