TG3204 : Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)

taken 1 year ago, near to Rockland st Mary, Norfolk, Great Britain

Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)
Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria)
Meadowsweet is a member of the rose family and prefers wet habitats such as ditches, damp meadows and riverbanks. It flowers from June to September. The Tudor herbalist and botanist John Gerard called this wild flower the "Queene of the medowes" and described how it was used to scent people's houses and "delighteth the senses". The plant is also known for its many medicinal uses such as treating joint pain, arthritis and rheumatic conditions, the common cold and for reducing fever. Meadowsweet contains coumarin, which in high dosage can act as an anticoagulant, preventing blood clotting, but is generally considered safe (and widely used) in low dosage.

In Anglo-Saxon times it was known as medowyrt - the "medo" referring to meodu the Old English word for mead as it was often used to flavour the drink. Meadowsweet was one of the three herbs held most sacred to the Druids (Vervain and Water-mint being the other two) and in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland it is known as crios Chu-chulainn - the belt of a mythological hero of Ulster, Cú Chulainn.
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Sunday, 12 July, 2020   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 12 July, 2020
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3234 0403 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:35.0636N 1:25.6932E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3234 0406
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