Belongs to: rose family

Meadowsweet Filipendula ulmaria

Best time to see: mid Jun to Aug

Key facts

Tall plant with fragrant, creamy-white flowers in dense clusters, at its peak in July

Long-stalked leaves each holding 2–5 pairs of toothed leaflets, with smaller leaves in between

Widespread in damp places such as marshes, wet meadows and damp woods


Once used to flavour mead, which may have given it its name

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Photo © Owen Keen