Spiraea tomentosa - Steeplebush
This native plant offers cover or sustenance to nearly every critter in the landscape. It thrives in sunny, moist soil, but can easily be grown in a variety of areas ranging from borders to pond sides. Steeple-shaped flowers bloom from early summer onward and attract wildlife throughout.
- Deer resistant
- Tolerant of a wide range of soils
- Superb for groupings or border plantings
- Birds love the brown capsule-like seeds for fall feeding
- Nectar source for hummingbirds, butterflies, and native insects
Low fields and meadows from Manitoba, east to Nova Scotia, south to Georgia, west to Arkansas and Kansas, and north to Illinois and Minnesota.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Despite its flowering appearance, Steeplebush is classified as a shrub instead of a wildflower.
Grows well in a wide range of soils including dry, average, moist, and occasionally wet acidic soils.