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Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet'

Virginia Sweetspire

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Prized by gardeners for its beauty and its versatility.  It grows well in sun or shade, in boggy soil as well as average garden soil. Fragrant, white flower spikes, 3-6" long, cover the shrub with flowers in early summer. Dark green leaves turn scarlet and crimson in fall, sometimes persisting until December. 'Henry's Garnet' is known for having larger flowers and superior fall color to that of the species.


 

Benefits

Fragrant white flowers attracts butterflies and other pollinators
Stunning fall color lasts for many weeks
Provides protective cover for wildlife
Tolerant of a surprising range of conditions from boggy to dry soils

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Very easy to grow. Adapts to a wide range of conditions including full sun to part shade and moist to dry soil. Can spread to form colonies by root suckering if left unchecked. 


Height
3-4 Feet

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Spread
5-6 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

Native Range

Swamps and wet woods in the coastal plain from southern New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania to Florida and Louisiana, then north along the Mississippi to southern Illinois.

Native Trivia

When you plan your garden, it's important to think about all four seasons. Make a list of plants on your property categorizing them by seasonal interest. You may find you have many spring bloomers but lack plants that are interesting and provide for wildlife in fall or winter. Use this information as a guide when you decide what to add to your garden.


"Itea puts on a flower show that benefits my butterfly friends and sets the standard for fall color."

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Shrubs
Small Shrubs
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Shade
Sun
Soil
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Wet
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Dry Shade
Songbird
Wet Sun
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Uses
Accent
Bog, water garden
Erosion control
Fragrant
Hedge, screen
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Mississippi
Missouri
New Jersey
North Carolina
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia