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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Itea virginica

Virginia Sweetspire, Virginia-willow, Sweet-spire, Tassel-white

Scientific Name:

Itea virginica

Genus:

Itea

Species Epithet:

virginica

Common Name:

Virginia Sweetspire, Virginia-willow, Sweet-spire, Tassel-white

Plant Type

Shrub

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Iteaceae (Sweetspire Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Moist forests and thickets, especially along the banks of small streams. Frequent to common, and generally widespread, over the NC Coastal Plain and the eastern half of the Piedmont and southern mountains (at low elevations). Fairly common in much of the western half of the Piedmont. Possibly absent in the far northwest.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Semi-evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Highest Wildlife Value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G4 - Apparently Secure, G5 - Secure (*Key)

Long racemes of white flowers in May

Garden in Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Nice Fall color

Garden in Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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