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Another common name of Spiraea tomentosa is Hardhack, which refers to the toughness of the stems. Steeplebush is an attractive small shrub that resembles the native Spiraea alba (Meadowsweet), except the latter species has white flowers and it lacks tawny woolly hairs on its stems, petioles, floral branches, and leaf undersides. Meadowsweet is the more common of the two species, and it adapts to a wider range of wetland habitats.


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Source: Illinois Wildflowers

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