Meadowsweet, Filipendula ulmaria syn: Spirea ulmaria. A tea to “make the heart merry and joyful”. The hot infusion of leaves and flowers is anti-inflamatory and pain relieving. Drunk several times a day is a treatment for influenza and rheumatism. The leaves were also a strewing herb. Golden, almond scented flowers are utilised in pot pourri. This herb was sacred to the ancient Druids. The name sake of Aspirin. Meadowsweet is native of Europe and is adaptable to most well drained soils in an open, sunny position. Flower heads occur in late summer and autumn. Frost resistant but drought tender. A perennial plant, growing to 1m x 0.75m.