Filipendula ulmaria
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Filipendula ulmaria

Lus Cushulainn
queen of the meadow

  family rosaceae 
  genus filipendula 

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Genus  Filipendula Species  ulmaria Variety  Cultivar  Common names  meadowsweet   Lus Cushulainn   queen of the meadow Family  ROSACEAE Specimen number  S11512 Data source  DyePl p24;DyePl p65;DyePl p63;HtZn p115;MedPl p96;Xeri p288
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  3' - 5' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Moist to wet Optimal soil texture  Rich Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-10b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 08-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The aerial parts of Filipendula ulmaria as well as the roots and the stalks and the leaves have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. A range of possible colors can be produced by Queen of the meadow (also known as meadowsweet) including chartreuse, black and blue. Filipendula ulmaria is known as Lus Cushulainn in Gaelic. Meadowsweet has been used in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland for dyeing. This plant can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30� Fahrenheit. This species needs summer days with high heat. This plant likes soils that are rich. It needs soil that is moist to wet.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  anti-inflammatory   antirheumatic   astringent   diuretic   stomachic Medicinal parts  Flowers   Leaves Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Filipendula ulmaria has numerous traditional medicinal uses. Some of its many uses are: as an anti-inflammatory, as an antirheumatic, as an astringent and as a diuretic. More uses are listed in the medicinal properties section. The flowers and the leaves are used in herbal preparations.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Aerial parts   Roots   Stalks   Leaves Dye color  chartreuse,black,blue
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Filipendula ulmaria is considered to have originated from Eurasia and Scotland.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Filipendula ulmaria is a perennial. Leaves: Queen of the meadow (locally known in some parts as meadowsweet) has fine textured leaves. Flowers: This plant has flowers in feathery clusters. Most often the blossoms occur in either cream or white.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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