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PlantFiles: White Meadowsweet, Narrow-leaved Meadowsweet
Spiraea alba

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Spiraea (spy-REE-ah) (Info)
Species: alba (AL-ba) (Info)

Synonym:Spiraea alba var. alba

4 vendors have this plant for sale.

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From woody stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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By Kathleen
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By Kathleen
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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Kathleen On Aug 24, 2006, Kathleen from Panama, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

We have this growing wild on our farm, east of the Ohio Valley. It grows down in an old rock quarry near our little creek and in the fence lines, and is very attractive to butterflies and bees. I have a piece up in the yard and, yes it will spread out, but is easily controlled. I have found it actually less likely to take over than the S. tomentosa

Neutral smiln32 On Jul 6, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This shrub attracts bees and butterflies. It does well in Oklahoma, reaching a heigh of about 4'. Flowers are white.

Neutral Todd_Boland On Jan 30, 2005, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This native American species is very similar to Spirea latifolia, except the flowers are white rather than pale pink. Like S. latifolia, it can be invasive but is useful in a wildflower or butterfly garden. It is also tolerant to wet, acidic soil. It grows mostly west of the Ohio Valley while S. latifolia is mostly east.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Isle, Minnesota
Panama, New York
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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