Spiraea tomentosa L. - Steeplebush


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Spiraea tomentosa - (image 1 of 6)



Family: Rosaceae


Acidic habitats, including swamps and wet meadows. The plants in these photographs were growing in a beaver meadow.




Nova Scotia and New Brunswick west to Quebec and MN, south to NC, TN, and AR.


Sparsely branching woody shrub to 1.2 m. Leaves alternate, simple, finely serrate, prominently veined and densely tomentose below. Flowers in a terminal, elongate, branched panicle; sepals reflexed after anthesis; petals pink or rarely white, 3-4 mm wide; hypanthium tomentose; ovary superior. Fruit a pubescent follicle.


Flowers mid June to mid September

Wetland indicator: Facultative Wetland

A very showy plant, particularly when abundant.


Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY


Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.




 Michael Hough 2009