Scientific Name:

Itea virginica

Common Name:

Virginia Sweetspire

Scientific Name Pronounciation:

eye-TEE-uh vir-JIN-ih-kuh

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Usual Size:

3-6 ft. H X 4-6 ft. W


Small, white, lightly fragrant flowers are borne in a bottle-brush arrangement on the ends of the branches.

Bloom Time Notes:

Late spring


Elliptical, dark green, shiny, finely toothed, pointed on the end.


A capsule


The numerous flowers support pollinators.

Natural Habitat:

Grows naturally in swamps and along the edges of streams and ponds and is tolerant of flooding.


When dormant the plant can be divided by removing suckers with roots; also propagated by softwood cuttings and seed collected after the seedheads have dried.

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Cultural Notes:

Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica) is best grown in full sun to partial shade in moist, loamy soil; even though found in wet places naturally, it adapts well to normal garden conditions; best planted in masses or allowed to colonize naturally; suckers easily so should be planted where that will not be a problem or where suckers can be easily controlled; avoid fertilizing unless absolutely necessary as it will cause excessive suckering.

The early summer blooms are showy and attract butterflies; when winters are mild, it can be semi-evergreen to evergreen, but if the weather turns cold it has excellent fall color; several named varieties are available in the nursery trade and this plant is used in professional landscapes quite a bit.


Other Common Names: Virginia Willow



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