Meadowsweet - Filipendula ulmaria


Fairly tall erect plant to 1.5 metres. Often forming large clumps. Large heads of small (4 to 8 mm) creamy white, sweetly scented flowers, usually with 5 petals and many stamens. Fruits twisted, in clusters. Leaves with up to 5 pairs of leaflets, greyer beneath.

Identification difficulty

Damp habitats, wet ditches, river and stream margins.

When to see it

June to September.

Life History


UK Status

Common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 571 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map