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Spiraea tomentosa

Hardhack, Steeplebush, Rosy Meadowsweet

Scientific Name:

Spiraea tomentosa

Genus:

Spiraea

Species Epithet:

tomentosa

Common Name:

Hardhack, Steeplebush, Rosy Meadowsweet

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

July, August, September

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Bogs, wet meadows. More common in the NC Mountains and northern Coastal Plain than in the Piedmont; basically absent from the southern Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Colonial. Undersides of leaves densely tomentose, with white to rusty hairs.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/species_account.php

https://nc.audubon.org/conservation/bird-friendly-communities/bird-friendly-native-plants

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/spiraea-tomentosa/

https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/spiraea/tomentosa/



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