Apr. 1, 2018

meadowsweet, Spiraea alba

We elders can remember the old fashioned shrubs around even older homes. Hydrangeas, mock orange, and of course spiraea. Those were brought here by even older generations. Their habitat is still the older neighborhoods of American towns. If we were lucky as we grew up, we were introduced to the natives, like meadowsweet. Meadowsweet is a native spiraea that has actually been introduced to the Old World, where it graces the homes in their old cities. These flowers individually are barely an eighth inch, but together in their spires make the meadow sweet in CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY(E), MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO(E), NC, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SD, TN(E), VA, VT, WI, WV, AB, MB, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, SK, and on SPM. Lenawee Co MI, 8/8/10.