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Virginia Sweetspire, Virginia Willow, Tassel-white - Itea virginica

Family: Grossulariaceae - Currant family Genus Common Name: Sweetspire Native Status: Native
Itea virginica - Virginia Sweetspire, Virginia Willow, Tassel-white. This plant grows on streambanks and other moist areas. It is sometimes cultivated as an ornamental not only for its blossoms, but also for the rich, long-lasting fall color of its foliage. lightly fragrant. To about 8 feet tall.

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Itea virginica

Distribution of Itea virginica in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2009. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 23 Feb 2017). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

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Site: Lula Lake, Walker County, GA Date: 2010-May-29Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Virginia sweetspire has numerous 5-petaled white flowers in 2 to 6 inch long racemes which hang down from arching or drooping branches. The leaves are alternate, 2 to 3 inches long, and very finely toothed along the edges.
Itea virginica

Site: Lula Lake, Walker County, GA Date: 2012-November-24Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
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