Scientific name: Filipendula ulmaria
As its name suggests, Meadowsweet is a sweet-smelling flower of damp meadows, ditches and riverbanks. Look for frothy clusters of cream flowers on tall stems.
StatsHeight: up to 1.25m
When to seeJune to September
AboutMeadowsweet is a member of the rose family that favours wet habitats, such as ditches, damp meadows and riverbanks. Its leaves are sometimes covered with a bright orange rust fungus. It blooms from June to September, with sprays of tiny creamy-white flowers standing atop tall stems.
Its sweet smell encouraged people to display it in their houses in past times; but if crushed, it can smell more like antiseptic!