Queen of the Meadow. Perennial to 5’. Very hard to find seed. The handsome lobed leaves and clusters of creamy flowers are both sweetly scented, and were used for strewing on floors to perfume the room with a distinctive scent like honey and almonds. One of sacred herbs of the Druids, used to flavor mead. Medicinal: de-acidifies stomach and entire system, anti-inflammatory, relieves pain. Aspirin is a synthetic version of one of meadowsweet's pain-relieving compounds. Streamside plant, keep soil moist. Easy to grow in sun and moist fertile soil. A delicious tea.
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EA CULTURE: P Zones 4-9/Spacing broadcast
SEEDS PER PACKET: 100
SOURCE CODE: C
PACKET LABEL INSTRUCTIONS: Start in flats or plant directly in Spring into good rich, somewhat alkaline soil. Seed doesnt keep well, so if weather is warm and ground isn't ready yet, consider sowing in pots for transplant later. Likes moist soil, stream edges, even swampy ground in full sun or light shade. Cover seed very lightly. Harvest top third of plant when flowers are mostly open, before they fade.
If saving seed, sow immediately after harvest.
Photo: Meadowsweet-near Conistone, North Yorkshire-Alethe-Wikipedia-Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported