Fall Wildflowers of New England
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Meadowsweet
Spiraea alba
F. Rosaceae
General Description:

Meadowsweet is a moderately tall wildflower, measuring approximately 60-150 cm. in height. The small white radially symmetrical flowers are arranged in elongated clusters atop the terminal shoot of a woody, fibrous stem. The leaves are small and narrowly ovate.

Spiraea alba
Flowers:

The small radially symmetrical flowers of meadowsweet measure 6mm. in width. They have approximately five broad, rounded petals, five green sepals, and numerous stamens and approximately five pistils that grow around a conspicuous, red central ring. Flowers are arranged in elongated clusters atop the terminal shoot.

Fruit:

The fruit are pod-like with and opening along one side.

Leaves:

Leaves are small, measuring 4-7 cm. and are long and lanceolate to ovate. They are coarsely toothed, have pale undersides, and smooth to the touch

Habitat:

Meadowsweet grows in meadows, old fields, and any other moist-soil environment.

Fun Facts:

Like other members of the genus Spirea, Meadowsweet produces a small, distinctive, brown fruit that persists well after flowering

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