29th July 2016

Meadowsweet, like Willow, contains salicylic acid, first synthesised into Aspirin in the 1890’s: in fact aspirin is named after Meadowsweet from its scientific name ‘spiraea’. A lovely, scented plant of damp places it is one of the 50 plants in ‘Save’, a drink mentioned in Chaucer’s ‘A Knights Tale’. The common name is probably from ‘Mead’, as it was often used to flavour mead, wine and beer. Before herbicides it sometimes could be tasted in cows milk. Unusual in having flowers smelling differently to its leaves (rub and see), Gerard, in the 16th Century, wrote: “The leaves and floures ..far excel all other strowing [strew] herbs for to decke up houses, to strow in


Meadowsweet- I think the leaves smell of Germoline!

The frothy, sweet smelling Meadowsweet flower head.

The frothy, sweet smelling Meadowsweet flower head, smells like hay tinged with almonds.

chambers, halls and banqueting-houses”. Conditions: Cloud and light rain. Temperature: Max 18- Min 13C.

4 thoughts on “29th July 2016

  1. One of my favourite smells & first herbs we studied in a WEA class ran by the herbalist Delfine Sawyer. That was my first experience of magic.


  2. Thank you for putting one of my favourite wild flowers on, just got back from a really beautiful beach and a swim. xxx

    Sent from my iPad



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