One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tall Eurasian plant of the rose family, with heads of creamy-white sweet-smelling flowers, growing typically in damp meadows.
Filipendula ulmaria, family Rosaceae
- ‘Then white umbels of pignuts contrast with the drooping honey-scented cream plumes of meadowsweet.’
- ‘Plants thriving on the meadows include oxeye daisy, yellow-rattle, meadowsweet, bird's-foot trefoil and common knapweed.’
- ‘Other locally common tannin-rich plants include blackberry, raspberry, rose, lady's mantle, agrimony, meadowsweet, and strawberry (all members of the rose family), geraniums, purple loosestrife, and sumacs.’
- ‘She had sunk down to lie on the grass and was absently playing with a bloom of meadowsweet.’
- ‘Honey was used to make a sweet alcoholic drink called mead, which was usually flavoured with some form of herb such as meadowsweet.’
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