Filipendula ulmaria
Filipendula ulmaria
Filipendula ulmaria
Filipendula ulmaria
Filipendula ulmaria
Filipendula ulmaria
Filipendula ulmaria
Filipendula ulmaria
Filipendula ulmaria

Filipendula ulmaria

"Meadowsweet"

Filipendula ulmaria

1 bare root — £4.46

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Description

Known as meadowsweet, Filipendula ulmaria is a highly attractive plant, ideal for growing in damp soil and boggy areas, such as by the edge of a pond. It is mostly grown for its foliage, which emerges a fresh golden-green in spring, and then fades to gold in summer, especially when grown in strong sunlight. Some people allow Filipendula ulmaria to flower, but this isn’t necessarily how it looks its best.

The summer blooms are a soft, creamy-white, with a strong, sweet scent. Bees, butterflies and other pollinators love them. However, the meadowsweet plant puts much of its energy into developing the flower stalks and, by removing these stalks as soon as they become visible, plants save energy and therefore develop larger, more pronounced foliage. This looks better to some people, and also prevents plants self-seeding.

Meadowsweet has a long history of herbal use, being one of the most sacred herbs of the ancient Druids. The leaves and stems have been used as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and aromatic astringent.

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Comes back every year

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Filipendula ulmaria

  • Flower colour

    White, cream

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    70cm-1.2m

  • Established spread

    70cm-1.2m

  • Plant spacing

    1 plant per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    2-3 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade

  • Position

    Sheltered
    Exposed

  • Suitable for

    Borders
    Cut flower gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Damp

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Loam-based compost
    Clay

  • RHS Award (AGM)

    Yes

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    Yes

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Filipendula ulmaria roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Meadowsweet" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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