One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Eurasian grassland plant with small white flowers and divided leaves, related to meadowsweet.
Filipendula vulgaris, family Rosaceae
- ‘A large number of wild flowers have been planted, including sticky catchfly, dropwort and meadow crane's bill and the trees include prunis, oak, rowan and lime.’
- ‘In spring, broad-leafed plantain, lettuce, honey locust and dropwort grows in the area and is handpicked for cooking.’
Middle English: so named because it has small drop-like fibrous tubers on its roots.
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