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Spiraea alba - Du Roi.

Common Name White Meadowsweet
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist meadows, marshes, moist open low woodlands, often in sandy soils[228].
Range North-eastern N. America - Ontario to New York, North Carolina, Saskatchewan, Indiana and Missouri.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Spiraea alba White Meadowsweet


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Spiraea alba is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1.5 m (5ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

S. salicifolia paniculata.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Tea

An infusion of the leaves tastes like China tea[207].

Medicinal Uses

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Tonic

An infusion of the leaves is esteemed as a restorative tonic[207].

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Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Tolerates most soils[200], but prefers a good loamy soil, abundant moisture and full sunlight[11, 200]. This species is closely related to S. salicifolia and is often treated as no more than a variety of it[11]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[11].

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame if possible. It is likely to require stratification before it germinates, so stored seed should be sown in a cold frame as early in the year as you receive it. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a light sandy soil a frame. Cuttings of mature wood of the current seasons growth, 15cm long, October/November in an outdoor frame[200]. Another report says that September is a good time to do this[11]. Division of suckers in early spring[200]. They can be planted out straight into their permanent positions.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Holodiscus dumosusRock Spiraea11
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Spiraea canescens 00
Spiraea douglasiiSteeplebush, Rose spirea, Menzies' spirea01
Spiraea henryi 10
Spiraea hirsuta 10
Spiraea japonicaJapanese Spiraea, Japanese meadowsweet00
Spiraea nervosa angustifolia 10
Spiraea prunifoliaBridalwreath Spiraea11
Spiraea pyramidataSpirea11
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Spiraea thunbergiiThunberg's meadowsweet, Thunberg Spirea00
Spiraea tomentosaHardhack, Steeplebush02
Spiraea x argutaGarland Spiraea00

 

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