Exposure: Full sun Soil: wet-medium Mature Height: 5-8 feet Mature Width: 5-8 feet
Notable features: Loosely branched with cone-shaped white flowers blooming in June. Will form colonies of loosely-branched suckering shrubs.
Attracts: The flowers produce nectar and pollen; they attract bumblebees, various other bees, wasps, adult long-horned beetles (Cerambycidae), and the moth Ctenucha virginica (Virginia Ctenucha). The caterpillars of the butterfly Celastrina argiolus (Spring Azure) feed on the flowers and buds. The caterpillars of several moths also feed on Meadowsweet and other Spiraea spp. (usually the leaves). The leaf beetle Tricholochmaea spiraeae is a specialist feeder of Meadowsweet, while the larvae of several gall gnats also rely on these shrubs as a source of food and habitation. White-Tailed Deer often browse the upper leaves and twigs, while the Cottontail Rabbit occasionally browses the lower leaves and twigs.
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