Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Filipendula
Species: F. vulgaris
Binomial name
Filipendula vulgaris

Dropwort (Filipendula vulgaris), also known as Fern-leaf Dropwort, is a perennial herb of the family Rosaceae closely related to Meadowsweet. It is found in dry pastures across much of Europe and central and northern Asia.



It has finely-cut, radical leaves, fern-like in appearance, and an erect stem 20–50 centimetres (8–20 in) tall[1] bearing a loose terminal inflorescence of small white flowers. The tiny flowers appear in dense clusters from late spring to mid summer. The crushed leaves and roots have a scent of oil of wintergreen (Methyl salicylate)

This plant prefers full sun to partial shade. It is more tolerant of dry conditions than most other members of its genus.


Propagation is by seed and the division of the creeping roots.


  1. ^ C A Stace, Interactive Flora of the British Isles, a Digital Encyclopaedia: Filipendula vulgaris. ISBN 90-75000-69-3. (Online version)

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  • dropwort — [dräp′wʉrt΄] n. a tall plant (Filipendula vulgaris) of the rose family, with fernlike leaves and white or reddish flowers: it resembles the meadowsweet …   English World dictionary

  • dropwort — noun A perennial herb, Filipendula vulgaris, closely related to meadowsweet. Syn: fern leaf dropwort …   Wiktionary

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  • dropwort — /drop werrt , wawrt /, n. a European plant, Filipendula vulgaris, of the rose family, bearing small, scentless, white or reddish flowers. [1530 40; DROP + WORT2] * * * …   Universalium

  • dropwort — drop·wort (dropґwort) any plant of the genus Oenanthe …   Medical dictionary

  • dropwort — drop•wort [[t]ˈdrɒpˌwɜrt, ˌwɔrt[/t]] n. pln a European plant, Filipendula vulgaris, of the rose family, bearing small scentless white or reddish flowers • Etymology: 1530–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • dropwort — n. a plant, Filipendula vulgaris, with tuberous root fibres …   Useful english dictionary

  • Water dropwort — This article is about the plant genus Oenanthe. For the bird genus Oenanthe, see wheatear. This article is about the plants in the Apiaceae family. For the plant in the Rosaceae family, see dropwort. Water dropwort Oenanthe aquatica …   Wikipedia

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