, also known as Filipendula ulmaria
and Queen of the Meadow
, is native throughout most of Europe and western Asia though it has been introduced and naturalized in North America.
grows clusters of creamy-white, sweet scented flowers. The flower tops are very thin, yet stiff stemmed which makes the flower appear to be be suspended in mid-air.
The fern-like foliage of Meadowsweet
makes a wonderful ornamental herb for the garden. The whole herb possesses a pleasant taste and flavor. Meadowsweet
has a similar aromatic character to the flowers making it a popular herb for flavoring wine, beer and many vinegars. The flowers can be added to stewed fruit and jams, giving them a subtle almond flavor.
contains salicylic acid, synthesized to make aspirin. The roots of Meadowsweet
produce a black dye that is used all over the world for paint pigment. Meadowsweet
is also known as a strewing herb, strewn on floors to give the rooms a pleasant aroma.
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