Spiraea douglasii

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Spiraea douglasii
Douglas' Spiraea (15373908416).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Spiraea
Species: S. douglasii
Binomial name
Spiraea douglasii
  • Drimopogon douglasii (Hook.) B.D.Jacks.
  • Drimopogon menziesii (Hook.) B.D.Jacks.
  • Spiraea fulvescens auct.

Spiraea douglasii is a species of flowering plant in the rose family. Common names include hardhack,[citation needed] hardhack steeplebush,[citation needed] Douglas' spirea,[2] douglasspirea,[2] steeplebush,[2] and rose spirea.[3] It is native to western North America from Alaska across southwestern Canada and the Pacific Northwest. It occurs most often in riparian habitat types, such as swamps, streambanks, bogs and mudflats.[4] It grows among sedges, horsetails, wild blueberries, and other swamp flora.[4] The plant is a woolly shrub growing 1 to 2 meters tall from rhizomes, forming dense riverside thickets.[4] Large clusters of small pink flowers form spires in early summer, later turning dark and persisting. The leaves are toothed toward the tips. The undersides are whitish with prominent veins.

This plant is used as an ornamental in landscaping, where it grows best in sunny, moist places.


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