Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database

Spiraea douglasii (Douglas Spirea)


 Plantae Plants


 Tracheobionta Vascular plants


 Spermatophyta Seed plants


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 Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons






 Rosaceae Rose family


 Spiraea L. spirea


 Spiraea douglasii Hook. rose spirea 

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.

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