In fresh soils at banks of rivers and creeks and at lake shores there may be simply forests of meadow-sweet, up to a metre and a half tall, with the lower parts of the stalks wooden, and the whole stalk coverered with rough veins. They make thickets that are quite difficult to force. The plant is widespread and has a high population density, due to its vigorous and varied reproduction modes: it has plenty of seeds, to this come the strong rhizomes, and so other plants are forced away. In less humid habitats it doesn’t become so overpowering. Cattle, by the way, don’t eat meadow-sweet, but to insects the flowers are irresistible.
The white or cream-coloured fields of meadow-sweet can hardly be passed without taking notice of them. Individual flowers are only just a centimetre in size, but the inflorescences are several decimetres long, and the fields breathtakingly beautiful.
The smell is strong, interesting and attractive, reminding of almonds and a little cinnamon, but it can give you a headache.