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Spiraea splendens var. splendens (Rose meadowsweet)
Glase, Terry

Spiraea splendens var. splendens

Spiraea splendens Baumann ex K. Koch var. splendens

Rose Meadowsweet, Subalpine Spiraea

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Synonym(s): Spiraea densiflora, Spiraea densiflora ssp. splendens, Spiraea densiflora var. splendens


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Subalpine spiraea is a low-statured, deciduous shrub, 2-3 ft. tall, with shiny, bright green leaves; reddish-purple bark; and flat-topped clusters of tiny, dark-pink to purple flowers.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Fruit Type: Aggregate , Follicle
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Fruit: Aggregated follicles.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: CA , ID , MT , NV , OR , WA , WY
Canada: BC
Native Distribution: Mts. from B.C. to n.w. & Sierran CA, e. to MT
Native Habitat: Wet, open meadows; wooded or open, rocky slopes; stream banks; 2000-11,000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
Soil Description: Moist to wet, rocky soils.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Description: Grows easily from seed or cuttings. Offshoots from the parent rootstock establish well.
Seed Treatment: 1 month stratification is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes

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Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Spiraea splendens var. splendens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Spiraea splendens var. splendens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Spiraea splendens var. splendens


Record Modified: 2023-02-28
Research By: TWC Staff

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