Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria), also known as Queen-of-the Meadow, is in flower in the wildlife garden in the walled garden.

At this time of year its distinctive frothy flowers can be seen in fields and on roadside verges, where it grows in wet, marshy places and woodland edges. The flowers have a strong, sweet smell, and the plant was once dried and scattered on floors to sweeten the air. Other uses were in flavouring mead; as a treatment for arthritis and rheumatism; and the roots used as a black dye.


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