Meadowsweet (Spirea ulmaria)
(syn Filipendula ulmaria)
Family: Rose (Rosaceae)
Hardiness: All temperate Zones
Herbaceous perennial to about 4 feet. Native to temperate Europe and Asia. Multiple, arising from a spreading crown with delicate, ferny leaves, the flowering stalks bear masses of creamy flowers smelling like honey and mead. We specialize in this plant, which gives copious quantities of flowers that make a safe and effective analgesic tincture or tea. One of the most revered of all medicinal herbs from the European tradition. Anti-inflammatory and pain relieving, the plant is the source of salicylic acid. The word "aspirin" was invented as a conjuncton of the Latin "a spirea" meaning "of Spirea." Plant prefers rich, moisture retentive acidic loam, plenty of water, and a part shade to full sun exposure. Our plants are in deep pots and have been grown in moist shade conditions. They may be potted up to gallons on receipt, or planted directly into the garden. For gardeners in cold zones, purchase plants in fall and greenhouse, or purchase in spring and plant directly to the moist garden bed. For gardeners in maritime west, gulf states, and warmer zones, it will be fine to plant our starts immediately to the moist garden, where they will thrive. Organically grown potted plant.
Feel free to order this plant at any time, but please be aware that we SHIP PLANTS APRIL 1 to AUGUST 1 AND SEPTEMBER1 to DEC 1 only. Orders received outside these months will be automatically backordered. If you are ordering plants out of season, you may wish to order them separately from your seeds, in order to streamline the process.
If you have chosen a PLANT* (marked with a *), shipping costs are as follows:
1 to 6 PLANTS* will ship for $14.90
7 to 8 PLANTS* will ship for $19.90 (The shipping may be more if you buy other things in addition to plants.)
For 9 or more PLANTS* or if ordering plants NOT marked with a *, we will contact you with a UPS shipping estimate.