A fine, deciduous shrub, Douglas Spirea grows incredibly quickly to reach 3-4.’
Beautiful pinkish-purple flower plumes crown the plant in July and often bloom a second time in the fall. The flowers grow in an erect spike, unlike the other Spireas.
The leaves are a blue-green and their undersides flash silver in the breeze.
This species is invaluable in wetland restoration projects as it spreads rapidly to prevent erosion and tolerates seasonal flooding.
It favors moist, open sunny areas and is at home along the coast from BC to northern California (USDA 6-9).
This plant was respected by Native groups for its many medicinal properties.