from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various shrubs of the genus Spiraea of the rose family, especially S. alba of North America, having tapered clusters of small white or light pink flowers.
  • noun Any of various perennial herbs of the genus Filipendula of the rose family.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Any plant of the genus Spiræa, primarily S. Ulmaria of the Old World; in the United States more especially S. salicifolia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) The name of several plants of the genus Spiræa, especially the white- or pink-flowered Spiræa salicifolia, a low European and American shrub, and the herbaceous Spiræa Ulmaria, which has fragrant white flowers in compound cymes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun botany A Eurasian perennial flowering plant of Rosaceae family, Filipendula ulmaria.
  • noun botany A common name for the genus Spiraea of the Rosaceae family, native to the temperate Northern Hemisphere and consisting of about 80-100 species of shrubs.


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  • One sense may bring dreams and echoes of another – you can see green water-shadows when the scent of meadowsweet is in the air, and hear remembered music when a certain light is on the hills.

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  • - also called meadowsweet does well in the shade and offers tons of color choices although mostly in the red, pink, lavender family. eMail (will not be published) (required)


  • Good spirits ... a glass of John Wright's homemade meadowsweet grass vodka, mixed with juice from apples in his garden.

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  • I knew that meadowsweet contained coumarin, but it's rather late in the season for this plant.

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  • Heavy doses of nitrogen fertiliser will tip the competitive balance in favour of grasses, and soon purple wood crane's bill, blood-red greater burnet, frothy white pignut and meadowsweet, yellow lady's bedstraw, globe flower and blue speedwells will vanish, leaving an "improved" pasture – more productive, more profitable, but oh-so dull.

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  • The wonderful smell of lady's bedstraw not as sickly as meadowsweet becomes stronger with drying.

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  • Wet-kneed, we walked by pastures filled with the white froth of meadowsweet and river-bank flora of lady's bedstraw, betony, devil's bit scabious, greater burnet and eyebright, kneeling several times to store memories of the scent of the last of the fragrant orchids.

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  • Having completed my experiments I must say that, despite my misgivings, meadowsweet came out on top, tasting remarkably like Susanne's brew.

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  • But if you have a space to grow, why not begin in the garden, in conceiving original dried blends: meadowsweet, verbena, bergamot, gardenia, tuberose, thyme, honeysuckle, sage and violet.

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  • I suggest filling the jar loosely one half full of dried plant, perhaps less for the more potent meadowsweet.

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