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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.



  • 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. 

3-4 Feet


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
  • Filtered Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade
  • Sun
  • 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
  • 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