Spirea douglasii/Douglas Spirea

Spirea douglasii/Douglas Spirea

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Douglas spirea is a late-blooming shrub with lightly fragrant, fuzzy purplish-pink flowers arranged on a spike. These flowers usually persist for at least one winter, providing wildlife food and winter landscape interest. The winter twigs are a shiny red-orange, further brightening the winter scene. In wet areas, spirea forms dense thickets and reaches heights of 6 to 8 feet. It is also a successful plant in very dry sites, where it spreads much less aggressively. Spirea is a tough plant, able to colonize difficult sites, including clay soils. Its ability to spread by underground stems provides some erosion control benefit. Its flowers are a nectar source for butterflies and other pollinators, and its leaves are host to a number of butterfly larvae, including Lorquin’s admiral, swallowtail, and spring azure.

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