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Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)

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Meadowsweet is just coming into flower. This beautiful plant flowers in wet meadows and ditches and has two distinct aromas. The flowers have a sweet heady smell and the crushed foliage a sharper scent. It was used to sweeten mead (its original name was medesweet). It was also used to ease pain, calm fevers and mask unpleasant smells in Tudor times. The sap contains similar chemicals to an ingredient in asprin. It normally flowers June to August producing many white flowers with numerous stamens. Picture taken 24th June 2006 near Carlton, Bedfordshire.

25th Jun 2006 by Diane Earl

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