July 24, 2017

Lady of the Meadow

Filipendula ulmaria - Meadowsweet

Filipendula ulmaria - Meadowsweet - Photo Courtesy of Emma Chapin/The Heirloom Garden of Maine

What comes to mind when one looks at the graceful blooms of meadowsweet, a perennial herb? It has beauty. It has a sweet scent and even a pleasant flavor and was long used as a “strewing herb” back in the age when one covered floors with herbs to give the room a pleasant aroma. Filipendula ulmaria has a great medicinal quality, used over the centuries to treat aches and fevers. Meadowsweet, you see, contains salycylic acid, which was synthesized to create what became aspirin. In the garden, meadowsweet likes water, either a moist meadow-type location or near a body of water. Like most herbs, meadowsweet has a variety of names, including Queen of the Meadow, Bridewort, Lady of the Meadow and Meadsweet. And all stem from different uses over the centuries.

Today’s Daily Plant is a collaboration of Garden Maine and The Heirloom Garden of Maine, which grows meadowsweet.