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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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17 August, 2010

Dropwort (Filipendula vulgaris)

This could actually be a close up picture of Meadowsweet but it actually a totally different species.

As Dropwort and Meadowsweet look so alike this is a case of using other criteria to make an identification. Whereas Meadowsweet is a plant of wet (or at least damp) ground Dropwort thrives on dry chalk grassland. Similar plants, totally different requirements in terms of habitat.

Locally common but not widespread Dropwort is always a nice find in June through to August.

If you want to be totally sure which of the two species you have found then look at the leaves, they are very different. Meadowsweet has bold rose-like leaves whereas Dropwort are much more akin to ferns.