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STEEPLEBUSH

Spiraea douglasii

Rose Family [Rosaceae]  

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14th Aug 2008, Leeds & L/pool canal, Adlington. Photo: © RWD
A shrub up to 2m tall.


8th Aug 2010, Moorside, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Mid-green leaves on linear woody branches with leaves in opposite pairs with flowers in panicles at the end.


14th Aug 2008, Leeds & L/pool canal, Adlington. Photo: © RWD
Clustered reddish-pint flowers in branched panicles which go brown after flowering.


8th Aug 2010, Moorside, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Flowers covered in a fuzzy mass of reddish-pink petals and reddish pink stamens with reddish-pink anthers.


8th Aug 2010, Moorside, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Partially opened flowers bell-shaped with prominent stamens.


8th Aug 2010, Moorside, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Flowers reminiscent of those on Meadowsweet (which is an alternative name for this plant in some parts of the World, but not in the UK).


8th Aug 2010, Moorside, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Leaves mid-green oval leaves with irregular shallow teeth only beyond the middle of the leaf.


8th Aug 2010, Moorside, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Leaves reddish at the periphery, and covered in extremely short down.


8th Aug 2010, Moorside, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
the rear of the leaves is silvery green with longer hairs, this fact distinguishing the plant from a great many other similar Brideworts.


Easily confused with : two other subspecies of Steeplebrush: Spiraea douglasii subsp. douglasii and Spiraea douglasii subsp. menziesii, and indeed, the ones shown here may be either of the three (although they are more likely to be either/both of the first two).

Hybridises with :

Some similarities to : Brideworts, such as Willow-Leaved Bridewort aka Confused Bridewort (Spiraea × pseudosalicifolia) for indeed, they all belong to the same Genus Spiraea.

A popular garden shrub.

This plant seems the Americans get a little confused, for they call Spiraea douglasii 'Hardhack' or 'Hardhack Steeplebrush', but according to the BSBI 'Hardhack' is actually a different variety: Spiraea tomentosa. Related by the BSBI website are 17 different species of Spiraea growing wild in the UK, amongst them the well-known garden plant Spiraea japonica which has the flowers in umbels rather than in panicles as do the Brideworts.


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STEEPLEBUSH

Spiraea douglasii

Rose Family [Rosaceae]  

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