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Meadowsweet August 24, 2011

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Filipendula ulmaria

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Meadowsweet is doing especially well in our wet meadow, its fuzzy white flowering heads standing out like blobs of shaving cream sprayed on to its dark green leaves. Meadow sweet has an especially proud history because it was used for relieving headaches and in 1897 its painkiller chemicals inspired the synthesis of aspirin – named after the plant’s old scientific name, Spiraea.