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Spiraea tomentosa

steeplebush, rosy meadowsweet

S. tomentosa is covered in sharp, narrow, upright pink flowers in midsummer. In the wild it is found in wet, open meadows and swamp edges, but it grows in just about any average garden soil. It's a great species for birds, bees and butterflies.

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Height: 2-5 ft
Spread: 2-4 ft
Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Bloom Color: Pink

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
Ornamental Interest
Summer Bloom
Attracts Wildlife
Host Plant
Attracts Bees
Attracts Butterflies
Pollinator Powerhouse Plant
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
Urban Environment
Compaction Tolerant
Additional Attributes
Low Maintenance

North American Distribution

steeplebush - Spiraea tomentosa from Native Plant Trust
steeplebush - Spiraea tomentosa from Native Plant Trust