Itea virginica / Virginia Sweetspire
As a Virginia native myself, I have a special affection for this lovely plant that blooms so happily in full woodland shade.
It’s indigenous from New Jersey south to Florida.
Can you see it here or do I need a brighter photo? Click here for a photo taken in sun.
- Flowers in June and July.
- Grows to 3-4′ tall and wide, fuller and wider in sun. The popular variety ‘Henry’s Garnet’ (in photo) is a little larger — 4-5′ tall by 6′ wide.
- Can take lots of shade or full sun, wet or dry soils.
- Hardy to Zones 5 to 9.
- Some authorities credit this plant with good drought tolerance, others with needing moist soil, and my experience bears out the former. Good news!
- It’s bug- and disease-free in my garden.
- As for pruning, I removed the occasional stem that might be lying on the ground or just looking old and tired. Very easy plant.