Found growing wild in damp ditches, this beautiful herb with its heady clusters of creamy flowers is a used medicinally for pain relief and its gentle soothing properties.
- Good for damp places
- Loved by pollinators
- Good for a wildlife garden
Meadowsweet was thought to be a herb important to the druids herb and has a long history of medicinal use. In 1838 salicylic acid was isolated from meadowsweet and then synthesized as acetylsalicylic acid which is the active ingredient of Aspirin. Aspirin in fact gets its name from the old name for meadowsweet - spiraea. Meadowsweet is used to soothe the mucus membranes of the digestive tract, reducing acidity and easing nausea. Its pain relieving action helps with rheumatism in muscles and joints. Its creamy heads can be found bobbing above many a roadside ditch in summer.
- Height: 60-100cm
- Type: Hardy
- Aspect: Sun
- Soil: Any/alkaline
- Flower colour: White
- Flowering period: June - September
A herb that prefers a damp soil and is excellent for growing in boggy places and alongside water. It will grow happily in the garden in heavier soils and in pots, but needs to be well watered over the dry summer months. The flowering stems of meadowsweet like to be in the sun and the lower section better in the shade. Simply cut back the flower stems in autumn, the rest of the plant dies down by the end of December and shoots again in spring.
The frothy white heads of meadowsweet flowers have sweet honey aroma which has been used for centuries for medicine and beverages. Salicyclic acid was first found in meadowsweet, and it was this compound that went on to be synthesised and become the aspirin that we know today. Dry the flowers on a sunny day and infuse for a gentle treatment for heartburn and indigestion, it has a soothing anti-inflammatory action on the stomach and for conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism.
The flowers are edible and make a lovely refreshing summer drink. It was once used to enhance the flavour of mead and as a strewing herb.
Herbs are usually dispatched between Mondays and Thursdays via a 24hr courier service, within 2-4 days of placing your order. Please note that at some points of the year during busy peaks it may take a little longer.
1 - 23 herbs - £5.85
24+ herbs - free delivery
Please note there are additional surcharges for delivery to some postcodes in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles - this will be calculated at the checkout based on the delivery address postcode. Unfortunately due to Brexit we are unable to ship to Northern Island currently.
All the herbs are supplied in 9x9 cm pots (8cm depth). Our herbs are packaged securely in recycled and recyclable blister packs and then into cardboard boxes, to ensure your plants to arrive in the best possible condition.
Further information about delivery can be found on our Ordering & delivery information page.
All our herbs are grown on the nursery and are dispatched labelled with their plant name and basic growing instructions
Our aim is to provide our customers with top quality herbs and service. We have worked hard to find a robust packing and delivery system that ensures your plants arrive at your door in the best condition.
We would ask that you check your herbs carefully when they arrive and report any problems to us either by phone or email within 48 hours so that we can rectify it. We may ask that you send us a photo.
We cannot accept responsibility for plants that have not been cared for or had unsuitable care.
Once an order has been placed you have the right to cancel your order up to the day of dispatch. As herbs are a perishable item we cannot accept returns in exchange for a refund.