Filipendula ulmaria | Meadowsweet | Airgead luachra
- Flowers from June to September
- Tall, hairless plant (60-120cm tall)
- Numerous 5-6 petalled white flowers in dense, clusters on
furrowed, reddish stems.
- Leaves are pinnate, dark green above, white and downy
- Strongly smelling plant. The leaves have an almond-like
aroma whereas the flowers have a strong sweet smell
Take care not to confuse with Dropwort which is only found in Counties Clare and Galway. It is smaller than Meadowsweet and has leaves with numerous small leaflets that are not white on the underside. Dropwort has fewer, slightly larger white flowers that are tinged with red and have 6 petals.
Damp roadsides, fields, watersides, marshes
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2022
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How can you help
This species is included in our early summer flowering plants project. If you see the species please submit your sighting. All information is very valuable.
Full list of species included in the early summer flowering plants project:
- Ragged Robin (Silene flos-cuculi)
- Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus
- Bog Asphodel (Narthecium
- Foxglove (Digitalis
- Pyramidal orchid (Anacamptis
- Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis
- Meadowsweet (Filipendula
- Guelder Rose (Viburnum
Spleenwort (Asplenium trichomanes)
This species is included in the early summer flowering plants project which is a collaboration between the National Biodiversity Data Centre and the BSBI. It is hoped we can collect valuable data to improve our knowledge of the current distribution of some common plants. All data will be fully validated by both partners before loading to Biodiversity Maps and being made available to the BSBI.