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Spiraea virginiana (Virginia meadowsweet)
Cressler, Alan

Spiraea virginiana

Spiraea virginiana Britton

Virginia Meadowsweet

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Synonym(s): Spiraea virginiana var. serrulata

USDA Symbol: SPVI2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Spiraea virginiana has short, broad, rounded flower clusters and thin, oblong leaves. It is found from Ohio and Pennsylvania south to Georgia and Louisiana.


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Fruit Type: Aggregate , Follicle
Size Notes: Up to about 12 feet tall.
Fruit: Aggregated follicles.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul


USA: AL , GA , KY , LA , NC , OH , PA , TN , VA , WV

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Threatened & Endangered Status

USFWS Species Profile: Q2R1
Status: Threatened
Historic Range: U.S.A. (GA, KY, NC, OH, PA, TN, VA, WV)
Critical Habitat: N/A
Special Rules: N/A
This information is derived from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Serrvice Environmental Conservation Online System.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-12-20
Research By: SET

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