Spiraea tomentosa L. - Steeplebush


 

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Spiraea tomentosa - (image 1 of 6)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Rosaceae

Habitat

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

Associates

 

 Distribution

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

Morphology

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.

Notes

Flowers mid June to mid September

Wetland indicator: Facultative Wetland

A very showy plant, particularly when abundant.

References

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.

 


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