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Dropwort thrives on dry chalk grassland and is locally common but not widespread in Dorset.


Dropwort: a rose by any other name

Post date: Thursday, 25 August, 2016 - 21:04

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.

Surprisingly, perhaps, It is a member of the rose family. It is locally common but not widespread in Dorset and is always a nice find in June through to August.
Wikipedia tells us that dropwort flowers have been used in Austrian herbal medicine as a cure for rheumatism, gout, infections and fever. It also tells us that the name dropwort comes from the tubers that hang like drops from the root.

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Dropwort
Scientific Name Filipendula vulgaris
Family Rose family - Rosaceae
Status Locally frequent
Interest Level
Species Family Rose Family - Rosaceae
Flower Colour Group White
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
Preferred Environment
Look for Tall plant with clsuters of white flowers
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

This species is often found in these habitats:

Habitat(s) Relationship
GC: Calcareous Grassland Indicator