West Highland Flora

Spiraea


Spiraea sp

As these are garden escapes that include cultivars I'm simply devoting one page to the entire genus.  The first two pictures are believed to be Spiraea x pseudosalicifolia, and the lower two are believed to be Spiraea rosalba.  Spiraea douglasii also occurs.

Spiraea sp

Photo Carl Farmer
24 Aug 2003 Broadford, Skye

A beautiful but invasive garden plant that sometimes escapes into the wild.  Occasional in rough ground near habitations.

Plants form dense stands typically 1-2 m high.  Flowers are typically 6-10 mm in diameter excluding stamens.

ID: Woody shrubs with flowers packed in dense cylindrical, conical or lobed spikes.  Flowers white to pink, with 5 petals and >10 stamens.  Leaves undivided (may be toothed) and without stipules.

Other features: Stamens often longer than petals giving a fuzzy effect to the flowers.

 

Spiraea sp

Photo Carl Farmer
24 Aug 2003 Broadford, Skye

 

Spiraea sp

Photo Carl Farmer
3 Aug 2003 Portree, Skye

  Spiraea sp

Photo Carl Farmer
3 Aug 2003 Portree, Skye

     

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