Filipendula ulmaria

Step into a world of enchantment with Meadowseet's timeless charm and rich medicinal heritage. Picture delicate white clusters of sweet, fragrant flowers beckoning bees and butterflies, weaving a tapestry of life in your garden. These blooms not only offer a symphony of scents but also nurture a thriving ecosystem. Let this graceful addition transport you through centuries of folklore and natural beauty in your own backyard.

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Meadowsweet: A Fragrant Beauty for Your Garden

Sweet meadows, graceful blooms, and a touch of history - Meadowsweet has it all!
  • Elegant and airy: Delicate white flowers in frothy clusters adorn tall stems, adding a touch of whimsy to your garden.
  • Honey-scented haven: Its sweet aroma, reminiscent of honey and almonds, attracts butterflies and bees, creating a buzzing summer sanctuary.
  • Adaptable charmer: Thrives in moist soil and tolerates partial shade, making it a versatile addition to various garden spaces.
  • Historical heritage: Once used to flavor mead and add fragrance to homes, meadowsweet boasts a rich cultural connection.
  • Easy to grow: Germinates readily from seeds and spreads through runners, creating a beautiful, low-maintenance groundcover.
Unveiling its beauty: What does Meadowsweet look like?

Imagine tall, slender stems (up to 4 feet!) topped with airy clusters of creamy-white flowers. Each bloom boasts delicate, star-shaped petals and fuzzy stamens, creating a soft, dreamy effect. The deeply divided leaves, resembling ferns, add to its graceful charm.

More than just a pretty face: Why plant Meadowsweet?
  • Pollinator paradise: Butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects flock to its sweet nectar, enhancing your garden's biodiversity.
  • Low-maintenance charmer: Once established, it requires minimal care, making it perfect for busy gardeners.
  • Fragrant friend: Enjoy the sweet, honey-like aroma wafting through your garden on warm summer evenings.
  • Groundcover magic: Spreads beautifully, filling empty spaces and preventing weeds, creating a natural, low-maintenance carpet.
  • Cut flower delight: The long-lasting blooms add a touch of sweetness and elegance to summer bouquets.
Did you know? Interesting facts about Meadowsweet
  • It inspired the development of aspirin, as its bark contains salicylic acid, the key ingredient in the pain reliever.
  • Queen Elizabeth I used meadowsweet instead of straw on her chamber floors for its delightful fragrance.
  • It's a close relative of the apple tree, sharing its family (Rosaceae).
  • The dried leaves were once used as a tobacco substitute.
From seed to bloom: Germinating Meadowsweet
  • Sow directly outdoors in fall or early spring: Scatter seeds on prepared soil and lightly press them in. Nature will take care of the rest!
  • Germination takes 4-6 weeks: Be patient, and soon you'll see tiny green shoots emerge.
  • Thin seedlings if necessary: Ensure proper spacing for healthy growth.
  • Keep the soil moist: Especially during germination and establishment.
  • Enjoy the sweet rewards! Within a year or two, you'll be basking in the beauty and fragrance of your meadowsweet haven.
Bonus tips for Meadowsweet magic
  • Deadhead spent blooms to encourage continuous flowering.
  • Divide mature clumps every 3-4 years to maintain vigor.
  • Attract even more pollinators by planting companion flowers like lavender, catmint, and echinacea.
  • Let its natural beauty shine - meadowsweet thrives with minimal intervention.
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Filipendula ulmaria

Data sheet

Water Needs:
High, Moderate/High, Moderate
Full Sun / Partial Shade, Full Sun, Partial Shade
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Growth Cycle:
Soil Type:
ALL Tolerant of most soils, Clay Soil, Loamy Soil
Yes, with caution
Cream, White
f: Up to 2 Feet, g: Up to 3 Feet, h: Up to 4 Feet
Growing Instructions:
Sow seeds in early spring in damp, shady spots with moist soil. Scatter on surface for light germination. Keep soil at 10-15°C, moist, and shaded for 10-30 days till seedlings emerge. Cold stratify for optimal growth.
Special Features:
Butterfiles and Pollinators, Cut Flowers, Decorative, Drying and Crafts, Fragrant, Medicinal Value, Ornamental
Growth Rate:
Moderate, Moderate/Fast

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