Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in Mountains)

Look for it in moist forests & thickets, esp along the banks of small streams, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-lobed calyx with cup-shaped tube
5 petals

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Saxifragales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Itea virginica   FAMILY Iteaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Itea virginica   FAMILY Grossulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 094-01-001:
Itea virginica   FAMILY Saxifragaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Itea virginica

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Itea virginica

 

COMMON NAME:
Virginia Sweetspire, Virginia-willow


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Keith Bradley    kab_itea_virginica_73575

March    Collier County    FL

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

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Keith Bradley    kab_itea_virginica_73585

March    Collier County    FL

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

picture of Itea virginica, image of Itea virginica

JK Marlow    jkm160416_265

April    Lowndes County    GA

picture of Itea virginica, image of Itea virginica

JK Marlow    jkm160416_268

April    Lowndes County    GA

picture of Itea virginica, image of Itea virginica

JK Marlow    jkm160416_270

April    Lowndes County    GA

picture of Itea virginica, image of Itea virginica

Mark A. Musselman    mam_virginiawillo042606d

April    Dorchester County    SC

Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm0305w_01

May    Buncombe County    NC

NC Arboretum

'Henry's Garnet'

picture of Itea virginica, image of Itea virginica

JK Marlow    jkm080601_001

May    Greenville County    SC

Stigma capitate, styles fused at anthesis and separate in fruit, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Itea virginica, image of Itea virginica

JK Marlow    jkm080601_005

May    Greenville County    SC

Five white petals, five inserted stamens, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm100514_098

May    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Leaf margins toothed throughout vs. Clethra alnifolia's only on upper blade, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Clethra and Itea

picture of Itea virginica, image of Itea virginica

JK Marlow    jkm0309g_10

September    Greenville County    SC

Creekside/Riverside

Itea provides invaluable erosion control by a creek, per Gardening with Native Plants of the South.

picture of Itea virginica, image of Itea virginica

JK Marlow    jkm081110_011

November    Buncombe County    NC

NC Arboretum

'Henry's Garnet'