Dropwort (Drop Wort, Fern Leaf Dropwort)

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  • Common Name: Dropwort (Drop Wort, Fern Leaf Dropwort)
  • Latin Name: Filipendula vulgaris; syn. Filipendula hexapetala, Spiraea filipendula, Ulmaria filipendula
  • Family Name: Rosaceae
We can find no information on the suitability of this plant for the tortoise diet, but it is said that deer avoid eating it.  The leaves of Dropwort have a bitter taste, and give off the scent of oil of wintergreen when crushed.  In the absence of any evidence we prefer to err on the side of caution and advise not to deliberately feed the plant, but you should not worry if your tortoise happens to nibble some that is growing in his territory. 

The flower buds of Dropwort appear pink, but the highly scented flowers are white when they open. 

Do not confuse with any of Water Dropworts of the Oenanthe genus, which are entirely different plants, but are highly toxic (especially the Hemlock Water Dropwort) and should be avoided at all costs.
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