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Related to filipendula ulmaria: meadowsweet
3-7 ft (1-3m) stems furrowed, sometimes reddish purple. Leaves dark green on top and whitish fuzzy underneath, 3-5 pointy lobes. Leaves commonly have orange fungus on center rib underneath. Flowers clustered, creamy white, very strong, sweet smell. Whole plant is edible with pleasant smell and taste, great for potpourri and making a room smell good. A favorite in weddings. Contains salicilic acid, (aspirin). Chew plant for headaches. May cause asthma is a few asthmatics. Also used for colds, flu, fever, arthritis, menstrual cramps and pain, rheumatism, diarrhea and rebuilding digestive system.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz