Fairly common and usually found growing in clumps, it can often 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 leaves, stem and roots can all be eaten to provide a painkilling effect like Asprin.
The plant contains salicylic acid which was synthesized in 1897 by Felix Hoffmann for the Bayer phamaceutical company into acetylsalicilic acid which was called Asprin. Asprin is more gental on the stomach than salicilic acid.
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.