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Common Name: Dropwort
Filipendula vulgaris is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.75 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to N. Africa, Siberia and the Caucasus.
Dry pastures on limestone or chalky soils[
|Pollinators||Bees, Flies, Beetles, Self
Prefers a well-drained moisture retentive soil[
]. Dislikes shade[
]. Tolerates dry soils[
]. Grows well on calcareous soils[
The flowers are sweetly scented and are very attractive to bees[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
Young leaves - raw or cooked[
]. They can be added to salads and soups[
Root - raw or cooked[
]. Rather bitter[
]. Best if roasted[
]. A famine food, it is only used in times of scarcity[
The root is anthelmintic and lithontripic. It is used in the treatment of epilepsy, kidney and bladder stones, genital discharges and intestinal worms[
Plants can be used as a ground cover when planted about 45cm apart each way[
]. The cultivar 'Flore Pleno' with sweetly scented double flowers has been recommended[
Seed - best sown in the autumn in a cold frame[
]. The seed can also be sown in a cold frame in spring, germinating best at a temperature of 10 - 13°c[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer if they have grown enough. If not, keep them in a cold frame for the winter and plant them out in late spring.
Division in autumn or winter[
]. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.