Filipendula ulmaria, Meadowsweet
Clusters of frothy, almond scented, creamy white flowers. Aromatic, pinnate, serrated, deeply veined mid-green leaves. Culinary; the flowers are used to flavour drinks and vinegars.
• Hardiness: H6 (-15 to -20C)
• Type: Herbaceous Perennial
• Height: up to 1.2m
• Spread: 60cm
• Soil type: Loam, Clay,
• pH: Neutral - Alkaline pH
• Habit: Upright
• Flowering colour: Cream
• Flowering time: Summer
• Uses: Culinary & Medicinal (Read Jekka's Guide To Culinary Herbs and Jekka's Guide to Medicinal Herbs for more information)
• Attracts pollinators: Yes (Read Jekka's Guide to Pollinators for more information)
• Container suitability: No
• UK native: Yes
• Caution: Do not take medicinally if allergic to Aspirin.
• Indoor Sowing: In autumn, into prepared plug trays or pots. Sow thinly, cover with compost. Winter trays or pots in cold frame or cold greenhouse.
• Outdoor Sowing: In spring, into a prepared site. Thin to 30cm apart.
• Propagation: Division
• Maintenance: (Read Jekka's Blogs on Early Spring, Late Spring and Autumn maintenance)
• Harvest: N/A
Meadowsweet has a long history as a folk remedy for those with digestive problems such as dyspepsia, colic and diarrhoea. Containing naturally occurring salicylates, the biological precursors of aspirin, it has also been used to reduce pain and inflammation in arthritic or rheumatic conditions.
Unlike aspirin however, it does not appear to cause gastric irritation and may actually help to reduce hyperacidity and improve the symptoms of acid indigestion, heartburn and oesophageal reflux.
Regarded by herbalists as both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory it has also been used to help with fevers and infections, to ease the symptoms of cystitis and to support wound healing.
Caution: Should be avoided by people with a sensitivity to salicylates and those taking anticoagulant drugs.
Please note: The information provided here is for educational interest only and is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat significant health problems. Any serious or long-term health concerns should always be discussed with a healthcare professional.
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At Jekka’s we sell herbs in 1 Ltr and 2 Ltr pots. These are established and hardy herb plants that are grown following organic principals and to survive the UK climate. Please read Jekka's blog that contains her top steps to growing on your herbs.
Our herbs are designed to be grown in containers or planted in the garden. Although some herbs will be quite happy indoors, most prefer being outside. Please see our indoor growing blog for more information.
If you think your herbs need a little more attention we always recommend an environmentally friendly solution, and these are Jekka's top three:
- Maxicrop liquid seaweed: 'Feed on Fridays' as Jekka always says for all round good plant health.
- SB Invigorator: a safe and effective insecticide and fungicide to help control a wide range of pest species
- Epsom salts: the horticultural equivalent of what you put in your bath to top up magnesium and stop orange leaves.
One of our three core roots is that we are Environmentally Conscious and for the past 30 years all the herbs grown at Jekka’s have been raised following sustainable, environmentally friendly and organic approaches resulting in a remarkable biodiversity at the herb farm.
Our herb seeds are also untreated and can be used to grow organic herb plants.