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In summer, it has a wonderful mass of creamy-white fragrant flowers arranged in dense, foamy clusters above the leaves. The oval, ridged seeds smell rather less pleasant and this has earned it an alternative colloquial - and a little cyncial - name of 'courtship and matrimony'. Other common and older English names for this plant include meadsweet and meadwort. These suggest that the flowers of this plant were once used to flavour alcoholic drinks.

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  • Posted: Mon. 8th June 2009 13:05