Dropwort Plant Care: Information On How To Grow Dropworts

Dropwort Plant Care: Information On How To Grow Dropworts

Filipendula, dropwort, meadowsweet, queen-of-the-prairie, queen-of-the-meadow; no matter what you call them, dropworts in the garden are always welcome. Species of Filipendula are found all over the world and when you look up dropwort meadowsweet info, you’ll find that each of the many common names refers to a different species of the same genus.

Dropwort Meadowsweet Info

For centuries, people learned how to grow dropworts for medicinal purposes. An infusion of dropwort tea was used to treat minor pain and headache and in 1839, scientists discovered what herbalists had known all along. It worked. Salicylic acid, aspirin to we layfolk, was first extracted from the flowers of Filipendula ulmaria, queen-of-the-meadow, way back then. Maybe it’s the name, but you rarely read about dropworts in the garden anymore and yet they make such a beautiful and easy care addition.

Dropwort meadowsweet info is often found under the Latin Filipendula. Dropwort/meadowsweet is a member of the rose family. It grows in spreading clumps that usually reach about three feet (1 m.) high and three feet (1 m.) wide and it’s a hardy perennial in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 through 8. Though it prefers cooler climates, as long as your dropwort plant care includes plenty of water, it does well in the south too.

Information on How to Grow Dropworts in the Garden

Dropworts in the garden do double duty; first for its clusters of tiny flowers that range from white to deep pink in early to midsummer and second, for its lovely foliage sported by all species of dropwort. In the garden the long leaves, pinnately decorated with seven to nine feathery leaflets, give a fern-like appearance that contrasts nicely and softens the look of some of nature’s plainer and more solid leaves. Due to their height, dropworts are usually found in the back or middle ground of the garden bed.

There’s nothing extraordinary about how to grow dropworts. The plant likes the sun, but will tolerate some shade and isn’t subject to any pests or diseases except the rare case of powdery mildew and the dreaded Japanese beetle. It does best in slightly alkaline soils, but will do fine in average, neutral soils as well.

Dropwort Plant Care

Like most plants they prefer moist, fertile soil, but since there’s nothing fussy about a dropwort, plant care is simple. Water regularly during the transplant season so the plant becomes well established and then let the rain do most of the work.

Fertilize in the spring when new growth appears, but don’t get carried away. You’ll want flowers as well as foliage.

Dropworts are moderate growers and definitely not invasive. Once you have one, you’ll probably want another. Propagation is as easy as dropwort plant care. There’s not much to it. There are two ways to accomplish this. Every three or four years, you can divide the plant’s tough roots into three or four clumps or keep your eye out for self-sown seedlings, which seem to have better success at germinating (and much less fuss) than from store bought seed. Dig a hole twice as large as the roots of the transplant and settle the plant to the same depth as you found it. Backfill with good, rich soil and water regularly. That’s all it takes.

Whether you call it Filipendula, dropwort, meadowsweet, or any of the other common names by which it is known, everyone should try dropworts. Plant care is easy and the results are well worth it.

Dropworts In The Garden – Filipendula Dropwort Meadowsweet Info And Care

Filipendula, dropwort, meadowsweet, queen-of-the-prairie, queen-of-the-äng oavsett vad du kallar dem, är dropworts i trädgården alltid välkomna. Arter av Filipendula finns över hela världen och när du letar efter dropwort ängssöt info, kommer du att upptäcka att var och en av de många vanliga namnen hänvisar till en annan art av samma släkt.

Meadowsweet Tea (25 Tea Bags, Zin: 427421)

Meadowsweet Tea (25 Tea Bags, Zin: 427421)

General Herb Information

Meadowsweet - Several plants called Meadowsweet are found in the garden but only two varieties are truly herbs which have health value and are Dropwort ( Filipendula hexapetala) and Queen-Of-The-Meadow ( F. Ulmaria).

Propagation: By seed by root division in spring.

Nature of Plant: Both are additions to any garden and useful for flower arrangements. The flower stalk of Dropwort rises to 18 inches in height, has tufted clusters of creamy white fragrant flowers rose tinted inside fernlike foliage makes a splendid lacy edging plant since foliage is in rosettes at base of flower stalks.

Queen-Of-The-Meadow grows to 5 or 6 feet with large 3- or 5-lobed terminal leaflets, slightly hairy underneath white flowers in rather dense clusters odor of leaf and flower are different resemblance of the leaf to the elm leaf gives the botanical name.

Spacing of Mature Plants: Dropwort 10 inches the other about 15 inches.

Cultural Requirements: Queen-Of-The-Meadow likes rather rich, moist soil in partial shade Dropwort prefers drier soil in full sun with a little lime.

Leaf: (Health) Dropwort infusion for colds Queen-Of-The-Meadow astringent (Culinary) Dropwort gives delicate flavor to soup.

Root: (Industrial) Both contain tannic acid, used in tanning (Health) Queen-of-the Meadow in diarrhea.

Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 tea bag for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea).

Iced tea brewing method (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 tea bags into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the bags. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water].

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Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rollingboil. Place 1 tea bag for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling waterinto the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste(the longer the steeping time the stronger

Informacje o tym, jak wyhodować Kropelki w ogrodzie

Kropelki w ogrodzie pełnią podwójną funkcję po pierwsze ze względu na skupiska drobnych kwiatów, które wahają się od białego do ciemnoróżowego na początku do połowy lata, a po drugie, ze względu na piękne liście, które są uprawiane przez wszystkie gatunki upiorków. W ogrodzie długie liście, ozdobione pierzastymi siedmioma do dziewięcioma pierzastymi listkami, nadają paproci wygląd, który ładnie kontrastuje i zmiękcza wygląd niektórych z prostszych i bardziej solidnych liści natury. Ze względu na swój wzrost, bykwa zwyczajna znajduje się zwykle w tylnej lub środkowej części łóżka ogrodowego.

Nie ma nic nadzwyczajnego w tym, jak wyhodować krówce. Roślina lubi słońce, ale toleruje cień i nie jest podatna na żadne szkodniki ani choroby, z wyjątkiem rzadkiego przypadku mączniaka prawdziwego i strasznego chrząszcza japońskiego. Najlepiej radzi sobie na glebach lekko zasadowych, ale dobrze radzi sobie również na glebach przeciętnych, neutralnych.


(spirea), a genus of plants of the family Rosaceae. The plants are deciduous shrubs measuring 0.5–3 m tall. The alternate and simple leaves are usually dentate or serrate. The flowers, which are gathered in cymose, umbellate, or panicled inflorescences, are bisexual and have numerous stamens. The fruit is a follicle with tiny flat seeds.

There are about 100 species of spiraea, occurring in the northern hemisphere, mainly in the temperate zone. About 25 species are found in the USSR. The species S. media, which has smooth-margined or dentate leaves at the apex and white flowers in cymose inflorescences, grows in the northeastern part of the European USSR, in Southern Siberia, and in the Far East. It grows as part of the underbrush of arid forests and forms a dense cover on open slopes. S. salicifolia, which has sharply dentate leaves and pink flowers in pyramidal panicles, grows in Siberia and the Far East along riverbanks and in meadows and bogs. Both 5. media and S. salicifolia are ornamental shrubs commonly found in gardens and parks. Many other species and hybrids are cultivated as ornamentals.

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A hill not too far – part 1

15 Saturday Sep 2012

The first day of September was gloriously sunny and warm in the way that only our late summer days can be. In preparation for just such a day I had done a bit of research into other nature reserves that may be nearby and was surprised to discover there is indeed such a one, almost on our doorstep on another landmark hill just beyond Bryn Euryn, called Bryn Pydew. The land is leased and managed by the North Wales Wildlife Trust (NWWT), and just had to be explored not only because of its proximity, but also because it has within in it an area of Limestone Pavement that I have been keen to add to my round of habitats to visit.

To quote the Bryn Pydw entry on the First Nature website:

Bryn Pydew SSSI RIGS site : “This reserve lies on carboniferous limestone and has woodland, grassland, limestone pavement and two disused quarries providing a wide variety of habitats.”

I could hardly believe it was so close by and I had never heard of it, but when I set off to find it, following the directions on the website, I did have some problems finding the ‘entrance’ to the reserve. (I must get myself an ordnance survey map and re-learn to use grid references !) I knew I was on the Bryn, it’s huge, so hard to miss, and drove up, down around and along a few lanes in the indicated direction, then through the village of Bryn Pydew and back again, finally stopping to ask for directions from a lady carrying a basket heading for the village hall. She didn’t really know either, but suggested it might be the “flat bit further on where they have been digging”. It was clear that there was little room for parking on the lane, so I asked if I should park outside the hall and walk, she said “Oh no, please don’t, we have a fun Dog Show here this afternoon, so we need all the parking space we have for that.” Not wishing to upset anyone or their dog, I drove a bit further and duly came to said ‘flat bit’ at the side of the lane, pulled onto it and got out of the car.

Woodland edge

It seemed likely that the reserve was in the general area as I was now looking at woodland to one side on the lower slope of the hill, then across the lane, a grassy slope with some scrubby vegetation leading to the summit of the Bryn. Next to where I had parked there was a mound of earth and stones, becoming vegetated with grass, with the addition of clumps of vervain, verbascum and other wild plants, which made me think this may have been a bit of a dumping ground for the village gardeners. Behind this ‘tump’ there was a ‘path’ cobbled with small pieces of limestone between it and the woodland edge, bordered on either side with wildflowers, predominantly ragwort, but also marsh hemp, cat’s ear, traveller’s joy (wild clematis), hogweed etc.

A beautiful fresh ‘Sun Fly’, also known as ‘The Footballer’ – Helophilus pendulus

The sheltered spot was buzzing with hoverflies, bees and bumblebees and even a few butterflies. Most of the hoverflies were of the larger eristalis species, some of which I have already featured photographs of in recent posts, but there were others too.

Eristalis interruptus on ragwort

Eristalis on Hemp Agrimony

The most familiar of hoverflies, the exquisite little Marmalade Fly – Episyrphus balteatus

I was also an attractive hoverfly, Leucozona lucorum, which is a new one for my collection of photographs.

Leucozona lucorum. There is a similar-looking insect – Volucella pellucens which is much shinier and does not have the orange-yellow scutellum (the triangular patch at the base of the thorax)

Buff-tailed Bumblebee- Bombus terrestris on Traveller’s Joy-Clematis vitalba

Welsh Poppy with small flies

I was really pleased to find Ploughman’s Spikenard growing here. It is a plant quite unprepossessing in its appearance, looking a bit like a giant groundsel or ragwort that is going to seed, so may be easily overlooked, but it is another of my favourite type of plant, one with a history of traditional use as a medicinal herb and that has some great alternative common names Cinnamon-root, Great Fleabane, Horseheal and Lady’s-gloves.

Ploughman’s Spikenard – Inula Conyza (the seeds on the leaves are from nearby thistles)

Honeybee on Ploughman’s Spikenard

It was really peaceful here, so I sat down on the ground for a while to enjoy the sunshine and properly take notice of what was around me. I love to do that sometimes, to just sit still and lose myself in the moment, and feel connected to the real world. Stillness often brings other rewards too, things I may have missed if I’d been standing and wandering around. A dragonfly came to settle close by on the warm stones, as did a grasshopper and there were birds about too, a Robin came out of the woods to hop around close by and so did a Dunnock.

Common Darter Dragonfly- Sympetrum striolatum (immature male)

Common Green Grasshopper-Omocestus viridulus

A fresh-plumaged Dunnock spied through tall grass

Into the woods

Still not sure of where I was I decided to walk towards the woods to see if there may be a track I could walk on. Lo and behold as I walked towards the trees, set just inside the edge of the woodland was the information board for the reserve. It looks quite faded so has clearly been there for some years, so maybe it was originally more visible from the lane?

Information board about the Bryn Pydew Reserve- click to enlarge

There is a track, way-marked with red marks on some of the tree trunks.

Woodland trail, Bryn Pydew

The trees, mostly silver birch, as, some oak, sycamore and unusually a good many yew grow closely together, so it was quite dark and shady in there with occasional shafts of sunlight breaking through the leaf canopy. Most of the sycamore leaves I could see were sprinkled wit large black spots, the result of an infection of Tar Spot fungus.

Tar spot is a fungal disease characterised by raised, black spots on leaves, caused by the fungus Rhytisma acerinum. The tar-like spot is a fruiting structure of the fungus that survives the winter on fallen leaves. In the spring mature spores of the fungus, which have a sticky coating, are released and blown by wind to newly emerging leaves.

The undersides of the leaves appear cupped directly beneath the tar spots. This is a much-enlarged image of a tiny snail and another minute insect.

In a clearing in the woodland where there was a little more light I photographed Hart’s Tongue fern growing amongst ivy on an old stone wall and Lady Fern.

Hart’s Tongue Fern and ivy on an old stone wall

On the other side of the wall where shrubby plants have colonised the clearing I watched five Speckled Wood butterflies chase one another around in the sun-dapples space. These are very territorial little butterflies that will tackle anything that tries to invade its territory today each time one settled on a leaf to bask it was dive-bombed by another, so it took a while to get an image. It was good watching them though, this is the most I have seen together in one place for a long while and judging by their fresh appearance, I would say they were newly-emerged.

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