White Meadowsweet

(Spirea alba)

  • Meadow sweet is a native shrub normally found in moist to wet soils. Its dense habit and attractive flowers make meadowsweet a desirable ornamental plant. Use it in a mixed border with tall perennial,s as a natural hedge, as a foundation plant.  Especially adapted to poorly drained soils.

Ornamental features:

  • Medium sized shrub. Habit is dense and rounded with numerous slender unbranched stems.
  • Branches end in 3 to 4” terminal clusters of white flowers.
  • Fragrant flowers bloom from mid summer into fall.

Wildlife value:

  • Valuable shrub for nectar loving insects.
  • Provides cover along streams and wetlands.

Horticulture profile:

  • Zone 3 to 5
  • Grows 4 to 5 ft Tall and wide. Can grow 6ft in the wild.
  • Prefers average to wet soils, but tolerant of dry soils and periodic drought. Acid to neutral pH
  • Cut back to the ground if needed to rejuvenate the plant.
  • Full sun or half shade.
  • Native to southern Canada, throughout the eastern states south to North Carolina.