Meadowsweet, bridewort, queen of the meadow… Filipendula ulmaria carries many names and has many uses. I wanted to approach the queen because of its merits as a medicinal plant but found an array of fascinating aspects. It has been used for preparing ink and in plant dyeing. The soft, cloudy looks are close to magical!
Traditionally meadowsweet has lent its flavour to drinks and desserts, it has covered the smell of “too much dancing” in ball rooms with its sweet fragrance and it has brought decorative festivity to weddings with its beautiful lacy looks.
Meadowsweet grows in abundance on woodlands, damp meadows, river banks and roadsides. It makes a perfect alternative for commercially grown, imported flowers in floral design when in season!