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.
The fruit are pod-like with and opening along one side.
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
Meadowsweet grows in meadows, old fields, and any other moist-soil environment.
Like other members of the genus Spirea, Meadowsweet produces a small, distinctive, brown fruit that persists well after flowering