Meadowsweet (Filipendula hexapetala L.)

Meadowsweet six -petal is a perennial herbaceous plant from the Rosaceae family. Other names: balaban, field velvets, whitehead, demon tree, field elder, raven


Tall perennial plant, 30-80 cm tall, with a thin rhizome, equipped with fusiform oblong tuberous thickenings on the roots. Stem straight, glabrous, leafy below; lower leaves pinnately dissected, multi-paired with pinnately incised lobules; the entire leaf plate is 4-18 cm long and 2-4 cm wide. Paniculate inflorescence, white flowers 12-15 mm across, petals and sepals 6 each; there are many stamens, equal to petals, the fruit is combined, achenes pressed against each other, in large numbers (up to 12), hairy, within 3 mm in length. It blooms in late May – June. Meadowsweet grows in flood and upland meadows, in shrubs.

Contains active substances:

For medicinal purposes, rhizomes with root thickenings in the form of nodules of meadowsweet six-petal are used. The roots contain a small amount of gaulterin glycoside (0.03%) (much more in the aerial parts). During the hydrolytic cleavage of gaulterin by the enzyme gaulterase, salicylaldehyde is released, which is distilled from the herb during steam distillation. In addition, the roots contain tannins (up to 0.36%), a lot of starch.

Medicinal use:

In medical practice, the roots are part of the mixture of M.N. Zdrenko, used for bladder papillomatosis and anacid gastritis. diseases; used for diarrhea, washed with a decoction of places bitten by a snake.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *