Spiraea • Spirea • シモツケ • 下野 • shimotsuke
Took a pic of this dainty-flower, white blooming bush in area C somewhere on the end of May, but not sure of its identity I emailed for help the other members of the Plant Committee. The verdict came that it is very likely a plant listed in our Plant List as spirea – one should be in area C, and the two other in neighboring area D.
Surely enough a few days later I DID find all three bushes, grouped together, but divided by an artificial demarcation line we use for our ID purposes (it didn’t help that different people oversee areas C and D). After that i learned that spirea species has about 80+ varieties, which intimidated me enough not to write this post until now…
From wikipedia: Spiraea /spaɪˈriːə/, is a genus of about 80-100 species of shrubs in the family Rosaceae. They are native to the temperate Northern Hemisphere, with the greatest diversity in eastern Asia. […] The genus was formerly treated as also containing the herbaceous species now segregated into the genera Filipendula and Aruncus; recent genetic evidence has shown that Filipendula is only distantly related to Spiraea, belonging in the subfamily Rosoideae. […]
From Clemson Cooperative Extension, SC: […] Spireas (Spiraea species) are among the easiest flowering shrubs to grow. There are two distinct kinds of spireas: the bridal wreath type, with clusters of white flowers on arching branches in spring; and the shrubby, much lower-growing type, which has pink, red or white flowers clustered at the end of upright branches in summer to fall.
Mature Height/Spread: Baby’s breath spirea, also called thunberg spirea or garland spirea (S. thunbergii) is a showy, graceful shrub, 3 to 5 feet high, with many slender, arching branches. The small, narrow, toothed leaves turn orange in late fall. The tiny white flowers are clustered in the axils along the stems. More than any other spirea, it has a feathery appearance. […]
___ notes to self:
– organize and re-write r. daviesii post
– create ‘pictured but unidentified yet’ page
– start working on recreating Kathleen Smith’s rhodie poster (clean up 2013 pics)