Botanical Name: Spiraea tomentosa
Plant Family: Rose (Roseacea)
Description: This North American native spiraea is found in wet meadows, wet pastures, boggy areas, marshes, fields, and lake margins from Nova Scotia to as far south as Georgia. The low-growing shrub reaches a height of 2-3 ft with a spread of 3 - 5 ft.
Growing Conditions: Easily grown in average, acidic, moist to wet soils in full sun. Tolerates light shade. Tolerates a wide range of soils. Remove faded flower clusters as practicable to encourage additional bloom. Flowers on new wood, so prune in late winter to early spring if needed. Spreads by suckers to form colonies.
Bloom Time: Jul - Sep
Bloom Color: Pink
Benefit to pollinators/wildlife: Highly attractive to a wide range of native bees.
Native Status: PA Native
Location in habitat: Pollinator Demonstration Garden, Native Bee Conservation Garden