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Filipendula ulmaria (Meadowsweet) Herb Plant


Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) Herb in 1Litre Pot 

Meadowsweet or Filipendula ulmaria is a perennial herb often found growing in damp meadows, ditches and bogs, at the edges of ponds, on river banks and in damp open woodland, hence this plant needs plenty of water so moist soil conditions are perfect. Common throughout Europe, it is also be found in the eastern US and Canada as far west as Ohio.

Meadowsweet is also known as 'Bridewort', 'Meadow Queen', Meadow-wort', Lady of the Meadow' and 'Meadsweet.' Preferring moist semi shade, Meadowsweet will colonise areas if left to its own devices.

Meadowsweet spreads with creeping rootstock, and will send up a reddish, angular stem, up to 120cm tall, that is branched near the top. Each branch holds pinnate green leaves that are downy white underneath. The small, creamy-white (sometimes even pink) five-petaled flowers are a stunning display, as they have over twenty protruding stamens, and these grow in clusters from June to August. The flowers have a sweet honey and almond like fragrance and the leaves smell like wintergreen. 

Herb Usage

Meadowsweet has been used as a medicinal herb for centuries, its pleasant smelling leaves and flowers meant that it was used in medieval times as a type of air freshener by being strewn on floors to give rooms a pleasant aroma. It has been used to flavour wine and beer hence meadow-wort as a common name.  The flowers can be added to stewed fruit and jams, giving them a subtle almond flavor. It has many medicinal properties which have been documented such as a remedy for an acidic stomach, and the fresh root is often used homeopathic preparations. Dried, the flowers are used in potpourri. 

Buy Meadowsweet  Online

Our potted Meadowsweet herb plants are generally available to buy online between March and September.


Filipendula ulmaria (Meadowsweet) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Partial shade/Shade
Soil Type Moisture retentive soil
Flower Colour Cream
Height 120cm
Spread 90cm
Latin Name Filipendula ulmaria
Hardiness RHS rating H5 - Hardy - Cold winter
Culinary Desserts/Drinks
Scented Flowers
Medicinal/Cosmetic Herbal medicine
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Flowers
Special Features Pollinator Friendly
Type of Garden Wildlife
  • 5
    Excellent quality and service

    Posted by Sal on 29th Mar 2023

    Excited to have promptly received my order this morning containing the Meadowsweet. Securely packaged, a great quality established plant (far better than expected especially early in the year). Purchased as I've been watching far too many episodes of The Great British Menu :D Looking forward to using its beautiful flowers!