meadowsweet definition

  • noun:
    • Either of two North American shrubs (Spiraea alba or S. latifolia) having umbel-shaped clusters of white blossoms.
    • any one of different perennial natural herbs of genus Filipendula in flower family.
    • A Eurasian perennial flowering plant of Rosaceae household, Filipendula ulmaria.
    • a standard title the genus Spiraea regarding the Rosaceae household, indigenous to the temperate Northern Hemisphere and composed of about 80-100 types of shrubs.
    • The name of several plants of the genus Spiræa, especially the white- or pink-flowered Spiræa salicifolia, a low European and American shrub, and the herbaceous Spiræa Ulmaria, which has fragrant white flowers in compound cymes.
    • Any plant associated with the genus Spiræa, primarily S. Ulmaria of old-world; in the United States more specially S. salicifolia.

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