Willow leaf spirea (meadowsweet)

Name: Willow leaf spirea (meadowsweet)

SPIREA WILLOW (meadowsweet willow)


Shrub with root branches 1-3 m tall. The leaves are elliptical-lanceolate, sharp, with sawtooth-toothed edges. The flowers are pink, collected at the ends of the branches in a dense panicle. Blooms in the second half of June and July. The fruit is a naked leaflet with a column bent outwards.

Distributed in the forest zone of Western and Eastern Siberia. Grows in floodplain meadows, river banks.

Medicinal raw materials are branches. The plant contains tannins, flavonoids, ascorbic acid.

In folk medicine, a decoction of colored branches is used for disorders of the gastrointestinal tract (a teaspoon of dry leafy shoots in a glass of boiling water, insist for an hour and drink 1 tablespoon 3-4 times every day).

Young leaves are used to prepare vitamin salads.

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