Spiraea splendens

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Spiraea splendens
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Spiraea
Species: S. splendens
Binomial name
Spiraea splendens
Baumann ex K. Koch
  • Spiraea arbuscula Greene
  • Spiraea betulifolia var. rosea A. Gray
  • Spiraea densiflora Nutt. ex Greenm. nom illeg.

Spiraea splendens is a shrub of the Rose Family (Rosaceae) native to the western mountains of North America, from California to British Columbia, commonly known as dense-flowered spiraea,[citation needed] rose meadowsweet,[4] rosy spiraea,[citation needed] subalpine spiraea,[4] and mountain spiraea.[5][6] It is commonly found at elevations between 2,000 and 11,000 feet on inland mountain ranges.[5] The plant is adapted to cold, moist, rocky slopes, subalpine forests and meadows.[5]

It is a woody shrub rarely reaching a meter in height. It has light green toothed leaves which turn yellow as cold weather approaches. The plant bears fragrant, fuzzy pom-poms of bright rosy pink flowers in the summer. The fruit is a tiny dry pod, no more than one eighth of an inch in length.

Mountain spiraea flowers & buds close
Spiraea splendens plants in Ansel Adams Wilderness


  1. ^ USDA Plants Profile for S. splendens var. splendens
  2. ^ USDA Plants Profile for S. splendens var. rosea
  3. ^ The International Plant Names Index
  4. ^ a b Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) (2014). "Spiraea splendens". E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Plants of British Columbia [eflora.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Sullivan, Steven. K. (2013). "Spiraea splendens". Wildflower Search. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Sierra Nevada Wildflowers, Karen Wiese, 2nd ed, 2013, p 89


Casebeer, M. (2004). Discover California Shrubs. Sonora, California: Hooker Press. ISBN 0-9665463-1-8

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