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Itea virginica

Itea virginica

Itea virginica

tassel-white, Virginia sweetspire

Photograph(s) by*: USFWS BES, USFWS BES


Height: 6-10'
Spread: 6-10'
Flowers: Jun.-Jul.; white
Fruit: Aug.-Mar.; brown; capsule
Fall color: red to purple

Conditions *

Light: Full sun Partial shade Shade
Moisture: Moist Wet
Soil pH: 5.1-7.5
Soil type: Clay Loamy Sandy
Flood depth: 0-6"


forested wetlands, shrub swamps, streambanks, shallow water

Native to

Region: Coastal *
States: MD DE PA VA


Songbird Waterfowl Small mammal Beneficial insect *


fruit capsules on stalk; plant will sucker, form thickets; tolerates flooding to 6"

 Publication by USFWS BayScapes Conservation Landscaping Program
Last updated: 1 October 2004