Spiraea tomentosa

Spiraea tomentosa
Spiraea tomentosa
Photo Courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Spiraea tomentosa
Common name: Steeplebush, hardhack
Group: dicot
Family: Rosaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 2 - 4'
Foliage: Toothed, alternate leaves; stem not prickly. Leaves densely tomentose beneath (covered with fine, matted hairs).
Flower: 5 pink petals, less than 1/4" across; clusters 3-4" high
Flowering time: flowers July-September; fruits early September into October
Habitat: low grounds
Range in New Jersey: statewide
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc.: USDA lists as facultative wetland species; i.e., usually occurs in wetlands (estimated probability 67%-99%), but occasionally found in non-wetlands.

Spiraea, wreath; tomentosa, covered with fine, matted hairs.