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Itea virginica

Common Name(s):
Itea, Virginia sweet spire, Virginia sweetspire, Virginia willow
Cultivar(s):
Henry's Garnet , Henry's Garnet, Little Henry, Sarah Eve, Saturnalia
Categories:
Native Plants, Shrubs
Comment:

Mahogany to orange-red fall foliage; arching branches; flowers attracts butterflies; seeds eaten by birds; avoid high fertilization; may spread by runners and can become invasive; drought tolerant; native to damp areas of southeastern US; this plant may be damaged by deer

Height:
3-6 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple medium to dark green leaves; 1.5-4 in. long; mahogany, yellow, orange, reddish fall color
Flower:
Drooping 3-6 in. racemes of 0.3-0.5 in. white flowers in early summer; opens from base to tip; lightly fragrant; borne on previous season's growth
Zones:
5 to 9
Habit:
Semi-evergreen to evergreen
Site:
Sun to partial shade; prefers moist to wet soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Erect shrub with clustered branches; rounded arching habit in sun; colony-forming
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade; dry to moist to wet soil
Fruit:
Drooping racemes of white flowers in early spring; open from base to tip; lightly fragrant
Width:
4-6 ft.
Tags:
riparian, Obligate Wetland, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 496

Itea virginica Itea virginica
Joy Weese Moll, CC BY-NC-2.0
Itea virginica Itea virginica "Little Henry"
Elsa Pexio, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Itea virginica Itea virginica
Eleanor, CC BY-NC-2.0
Itea virginica Itea virginica
Eleanor, CC BY-NC-2.0
Itea virginica Itea virginica
Fritz Flohr Reynolds, CC BY-NC-2.0
Itea virginica Itea virginica, fall color
Distant Hill Gardens, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Itea virginica Itea virginica
mpaola andreoni, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0