Photos of Filipendula rubra, Queen-of-the-Meadow.

Filipendula rubra in the beautiful gardens of Avena Botanicals, Rockport, Maine. Queen-of-the-Meadow root was used by the Meskwaki Indians for heart trouble and in love potions. The root was valued as a folk medicine for its astringent properties in diarrhea, dysentery, and to stop bleeding. Plant probably contains chemical forerunners of aspirin. Salicin, the analgesic derived from poplars and willows, transforms in the digestive tract to salicylic acid, a compound first isolated from Meadowsweet flower buds in 1839 (Filipendula ulmaria).

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