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Meadowsweet
Spiraea alba

a.k.a. White Meadowsweet

Low, deciduous, woody shrub with many branches, often forming colonies. 3-6' in height. A nice landscape shrub, although it can be aggressive. It is a fast grower for habitat restorations and suitable for naturalistic landscapes. It will create large, dense thickets and it tends to increase with declining water levels or with disturbed sites.

USDA symbol: SPAL2

General Information

Plant TypeShrub
Height5 to 6 feet
Light ExposureSun
Soil MoistureMedium
Bloom ColorWhite
Meadowsweet (Meadowsweet<div><em class="small">Spiraea alba</em></div>)
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Tolerances

Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience7
Salt ToleranceLow
Stress ToleranceFire Tolerant

Pollinator Value: Very High

Bloom MonthsAugust to September
Larval Host ofBees, Moths
Specific Pollinators HostedAndrena melanochroa, Sympistis piffardi
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeRestoration, Sandy or Engineered Soils, Shoreline Buffer
Coefficient of Conservatism5
Herbivore SensitivityMedium
LifespanPerennial
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal

Range

CountyAitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Lac qui, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Mahnomen, Marshall, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Nicollet, Norman, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Parle, Pennington, Pine, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Roseau, Sherburne, Sibley, St. Louis, Stearns, Steele, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands