Douglas Spirea - (Spiraea douglasii)
With its loudly colored, fluffy pink flowers, oblong, oval leaves with “wooly” grey undersides, and its rhizomatous persistence to spread rapidly, the Douglas Spiraea is a stand-out plant to have in your rain garden or stream revegetation projects. Typically found in wet meadows, bogs, lake margins, and streambanks, they are extremely flood tolerant. It is important to take proper precautions with Douglas Spiraea, as it has an aggressive spread and can be noxious if not introduced properly. Do not plant this somewhere it may threaten to take over other desirable plants. The pink flowers bloom during summer, producing a beautiful sea of pink when allowed to spread out. The fruit appears and ripens in early fall, producing pod-like, one-celled seed capsules. Many animals, such as deer and pollinators rely on Douglas Spiraea as a food source, while others, like water birds, use it for cover in bogs. Native Americans have used the plant for spreading and cooking salmon, making tools, and floral arrangements.
*Prefers full sun to very partial shade
*Prefers extremely wet areas, flood tolerant, possible drought tolerance.
*Can be noxious or aggressively take over an area.
*Good for rain gardens and wetland restoration
* Grows 3-6ft (1-2m), 5ft width
*Sold bare root
*Sold in bundles of 5