Foam of May

Spiraea | Also known as: Bridal wreath, Spirea | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

"Here Comes the Sun" is this shrub's anthem

Spirea is a genus that includes around 100 shrubs. These hardy plants have lance shaped green leaves, up to 10cm in length, usually with a toothed edged and have short stalks. The small flowers grow together in a dense spiked cluster. They're either white, pink, red, yellow or purple. Native Americans made a medicinal herbal tea from this plant, however consumption of this plant can be fatal so it's really not advisable! It works well in a rockery and it can also be grown as a hedge. Spirea need moist and fertile soil and plenty of sunshine. They can be affected by powdery mildew and attack from insects and aphids.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.5
Spread [m]
  • 1.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Pink
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Yellow
Propagation methods
  • softwood cuttings
Growth habit
  • Compact
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z3-8
Heat zone
  • H10-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -40 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 180
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Neighbour repellant
  • Tough survivors
Garden spaces
  • Hedges and screens
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years