Whilst this could appear to be a close up picture of meadowsweet it is actually a totally different species; dropwort (Filipendula vulgaris). As dropwort and meadowsweet look so alike this is a case of using other criteria to make an identification. Whilst meadowsweet is a plant of wet (or at least damp) ground dropwort thrives on dry chalk grassland. They are such similar plants but they have totally different requirements in terms of habitat. If you want to be totally sure which of the two species you have found then look at the leaves, they are very different. Meadowsweet has bold rose-like leaves whereas those of dropwort are much more akin to ferns.
In the REFERENCE section of the Nature of Dorset you can:
- Find species information with photos, maps, etc
- Access Identification tools for birds, flora and trees
- Find information about nature reserves and hotspots
- Access information about Sites of special scientific interest
- Learn about the wildlife habitats of Dorset