Description and Biology
- Plant: small, deciduous shrub, 4-6 ft. tall, brown to red-brown stems.
- Leaves: alternate, oval to lance-shaped, 3-6 in. long, dark green above, pubescent on veins beneath, coarsely toothed margins.
- Flowers, fruits and seeds: flowers small pink (rarely white) in dense branched umbel-like clusters at the tips of branches, July to August; fruits mature in the fall.
- Spreads: by seed which is produced in abundance.
- Look-alikes: native white meadowsweet (Spiraea alba) which has white flowers in narrow branched clusters; exotic invasive Thunberg’s meadowsweet (S. thunbergii) and bridalwreath spiraea (S. prunifolia).
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