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Anyone know what the tall weed is? It is spreading in our damp field
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  • SkandiSkandi Posts: 1,718
    I think it might be meadowsweet, but a close up would be good. if so it will come out with clusters of creamy white flowers in a couple of weeks
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,887
    That looks like ground elder to me.  And it’s about to flower, spreads like mad.! 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • AsarumAsarum Posts: 655
    Filipendula ulmaria or Meadow sweet, lovely plant.
    East Anglia
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,164
    edited June 2018
    I think it's Meadowsweet .... leaves don't look right for ground elder to me ... I love Meadowsweet ... as its name suggests the flowers are beautifully scented and look a bit like an astilbe ... they were used to flavour mead and were venerated by the Druids ... it has lots of uses in the kitchen and was used to strew on the floor in Tudor times to counteract foul smells ... gorgeous plant, and as you say ... happiest in damp meadows.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filipendula_ulmaria 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • Sam76Sam76 Posts: 149
    Yes i think you are right about meadowsweet. Many thanks!
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,887
    Shame on me! I purposely bought seeds to grow it in the garden😀
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,164
     Well done Lyn!   ;)  and has it grown?

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • LynLyn Posts: 22,887
    It’s fantastic Dove,  I’ve only kept 2 big plants down by the pond in the wild area. 
    It’s always been  a plant that I’ve liked from a child, whenever I saw it, in fact still do have to stop and pick the first flowers, just to sniff it.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • SkandiSkandi Posts: 1,718
    You can make a nice cordial (similar to elderflower) from the flowers, but it should be drunk in moderation as it will contain salicylic acid  (Asprin)
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,887
    edited June 2018
    I wouldn’t pick the flowers, I need to go down there and smell them😀
    I suppose if you had a field full of them, but I only wanted two plants, plus the self seeders.
    My daughter bought me some bath products once, gorgeous.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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