Description

**Pre-orders are for local pickup only. We do not ship plants. Please double check your location and ensure you are able to pick up your plants in the spring (available for pickup starting May 11th). Specify pickup date in 'notes' when completing your order.

**This plant is native to Northern Michigan

Growing Requirements:

  • Flourishes in moist to wet, well-drained soil
  • Prefers full sun to partial shade
  • Tolerant of various soil types, including clay, loam, and sandy soils
  • Adaptable to wetland habitats, including stream banks, marshes, and swamps
  • Hardy in USDA zones 3-7

Features:

Meadowsweet (Spiraea alba) is a delightful deciduous shrub prized for its fragrant white flowers, attractive foliage, and adaptability to wetland habitats. Its graceful growth habit and low maintenance make it a valuable addition to wetland gardens, rain gardens, and naturalistic landscapes. This native plant not only adds beauty to the landscape but also attracts pollinators and provides habitat for wildlife.

Mature Size and Form:

In optimal conditions, Meadowsweet can reach a height of 3 to 5 feet with a similar spread. Its arching stems are adorned with lance-shaped leaves and clusters of fragrant white flowers, creating a charming display of color and texture in wetland habitats.

Benefits to the Local Ecosystem:

Meadowsweet offers several ecological benefits, enriching the local ecosystem and supporting biodiversity:

  • Pollinator Attraction: The fragrant white flowers of Meadowsweet attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, enhancing pollination and promoting biodiversity in wetland habitats.
  • Wildlife Habitat: The dense growth habit and foliage of Meadowsweet provide habitat and cover for birds and small mammals, contributing to habitat diversity and ecological balance in wetland gardens.
  • Erosion Control: The fibrous root system of Meadowsweet helps stabilize soil and prevent erosion along stream banks, marshes, and wetland edges, making it an excellent choice for erosion-prone areas.
  • Visual Appeal: With its fragrant flowers and graceful form, Meadowsweet adds beauty and charm to wetland gardens, rain gardens, and naturalistic landscapes, creating a serene and inviting outdoor space.
  • Low Maintenance: Once established, Meadowsweet is relatively low-maintenance, requiring minimal watering and care. It's an excellent choice for gardeners seeking a resilient and beautiful plant for wetland habitats.