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Spiraea alba

Description

Meadowsweet is a native deciduous shrub in the rose family. It is found naturally in bogs, streambanks, and seepages. This plant has fragrant flowers and a beautiful yellow fall color. This plant is sensitive to heat. Be sure to avoid Spiraea japonica (Japanese Spiraea), which is an invasive species especially in the mountains of NC. 

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#bees#deciduous#white flowers#wildlife plant#pink flowers#moths#deciduous shrub#native shrub#NC native#naturalized area#larval host plant#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#Coastal FACW#Piedmont Mountains FACW#bird friendly#food source hard mast fruit#mammals#butterfly friendly#moth larvae#butterflies#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#deciduous#white flowers#wildlife plant#pink flowers#moths#deciduous shrub#native shrub#NC native#naturalized area#larval host plant#food source herbage#food source nectar#food source pollen#Coastal FACW#Piedmont Mountains FACW#bird friendly#food source hard mast fruit#mammals#butterfly friendly#moth larvae#butterflies#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Spiraea
    Species:
    alba
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North America
    Wildlife Value:
    Larval host plant to the Spring Azure (Celastrina "ladon") butterfly.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Mounding
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Occasionally Dry
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Fruit Description:
    Persistent brown fruit is available August-October.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Tiny white or pale pink flowers arranged around a central stem in a cone. Flowers bloom June-September.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblong
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Green-yellow thin oblong leaves turn yellow in the fall.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Erect, unbranched stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Moths
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds