Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1455

Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Piedmont, rare in GA)

Look for it in bogs, wet meadows, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Pink (rarely white)
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5 united sepals
5 petals
15-20 stamens

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Rosales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Spiraea tomentosa   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Spiraea tomentosa   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 097-15-002:
Spiraea tomentosa   FAMILY Rosaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Hardhack, Steeplebush


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image of Spiraea tomentosa

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_spto2_001_lvd

        

image of Spiraea tomentosa

Ron Lance    rwl_spiraeatomentosab

August    Jackson County    NC

High Hampton Inn

A sparsely branched, low shrub, about 3' tall, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Spiraea tomentosa

Ron Lance    rwl_spiraeatomentosab2

August    Jackson County    NC

High Hampton Inn

The steeple-shaped inflorescence gives the plant its name, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Spiraea tomentosa

Ron Lance    rwl_spiraeatomentosab3

August    Jackson County    NC

High Hampton Inn

Leaves 1-2" long, toothed, elliptic, tapering at both ends, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Spiraea tomentosa

Ron Lance    rwl_spiraeatomentosab4

August    Jackson County    NC

High Hampton Inn

Flowers 0.12-0.25" across, with reflexed sepals, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.