Meadowsweet is a perennial of damp places. Sweetly scented cream flowers produced in summer are full of nectar for bees and hoverflies. They are held on long stems above the foliage. The foliage is pinnate and quite rough. A good contestant for prettiest wildflower, often known as Queen of the Meadow, and favoured by Queen Elizabeth the First. Medicinally it has the same uses as aspirin. Used to flavour Mead, beers and wines and as a ‘strewing herb’ on floors to scent rooms.
Best sown in autumn, or given a moist cold period before sowing in the spring
Seed from Shropshire