September 30, 2021: Plant of the Week- Spiraea betulifolia (lucida)
Spiraea betulifolia (lucida)- White Spiraea
Spiraea betulifolia (lucida), the White Spiraea is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 3 ft tall. This shrub is found along stream banks and open forests in June throughout August. It grows best in moist to dry soil with full to part sun. The bark starts out as green stems that turn brown as they mature. The foliage is oblong, with toothed green leaves. The flowers are white, and small with a slight pink hue to the center. They bloom in clusters and many of them form an umbrella shape, larger flower cluster. This shrub is great for your garden, as it adds a splash of color, and brings in many pollinators!
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