Meadowsweet Amongst The Grasses

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Also known as Bridewort, meadow queen, meadow-wort, pride of the meadow, queen of the meadow, lady of the meadow, dollof, meadsweet.

  BELONGS to the Rose Family of plants

  LOOKS LIKE - Tall and upright with downy, yellowish white flowers. The leaves are white and hairy underneath. Grows to 48 inches (120cm).

  HAS FLOWERS FROM June to August.

CAN BE SPOTTED - in wet parts of woods and meadows and in marshes and on lake and river banks throughout Britain, most of Europe and East to East Asia.

  STORY - Was a favourite way of masking 16th century smells as both the almond scent of flowers and the sharper scent of the crushed foliage smelled sweetly.

  NAME - In Yorkshire, the two distinct aromas gave rise to the name "Courtship and Matrimony". The scent of the flowers - courtship, the scent of the crushed foliage the reality of marriage. The name Meadowsweet is from an old name Medesweete as the plant was used to flavour mead, an Anglo Saxon drink made from fermented honey. Meadowsweet and Dropwort have the botanical name "Filipendula" meaning 'hanging on a thread' relating to tubers on Dropwort at the base of the plant on an elongated stem.

  USES FROM THE PAST - Pain relief, calming fevers and inducing sweating all from an infusion of Meadowsweet in medieval times. It has chemicals in the sap from the same group as salicylic acid, an asprin ingredient.


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