Meadowsweet - Filipendula ulmaria - Native Wildflower

Type: Perennial Wildflower
Approximate height: Up to 50 - 100 cm
Flowering Time: June to September
Site and soil type: Damp soil in sun or partial shade
When to sow: Late summer or autumn
Where to sow: Outside, direct into soil or into trays, modules or pots. The seeds need a period of cold before they will germinate.
Packet contents: Approximately 400 seeds / 0.4g

Meadowsweet has sweet smelling, frothy cream flowers from June to September.

In the wild it's found where the ground is periodically wet such as damp meadows, fens, wet woodlands and ditches but not where the ground is waterlogged permanently.

Meadowsweet has many names including Courtship and matrimony, Honey-sweet, Bridewort and the more well-known, Queen of the Meadow.

It provides food for Hoverflies and for caterpillars of various moths.

Meadowsweet attracts / provides food for the following creatures:

  • Bees
  • Hoverflies
  • Moths including Emperor Moth πŸ›, Scarlet Tiger Moth πŸ› and Fox Moth πŸ›
  • πŸ¦‡
  • An "RHS Plants for Pollinators" plant **

All our seed packets include sowing instructions.

Jemima’s Garden seeds are plastic free and reyclable. They’re contained in an inner glassine envelope, (made from pine wood cellulose), and an outer Kraft paper seed packet. Any shipping packaging is also plastic free and recyclable.

Key to symbols:

πŸ› A food plant for the caterpillar

πŸ¦‹ Provides nectar for the adult moth or butterfly

πŸ¦‡ Listed in: Bat Conservation Trust Encouraging bats, A guide for bat-friendly gardening and living

πŸ¦‡ (RHS)  Listed in the RHS Plants for Bats list

** RHS Plants for Pollinators. The RHS Plants for Pollinators mark is only given to plants that support pollinating insects. Find out more at

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