Meadowsweet is a native, upright, loose shrub reaching 3 to 6 feet high, forming colonies of finely-branched stems. Ideal for wet, sunny landscapes. In mid to late summer, shrubs produce 4 inch long slender clusters of white flowers. Best purchased through nurseries specializing in native plants.
This species is native to the Chicago Region according to Swink and Wilhelm’s Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research.
- Family (English) Rose
- Family (botanic) Rosaceae
- Tree or plant type Shrub
- Foliage Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Native locale Chicago area, Illinois, North America
- Size range Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
- Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Hardiness zones Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5 (Northern Illinois)
- Soil preference Wet soil
- Tolerances Occasional flooding
- Season of interest midsummer, late summer
- Flower color and fragrance White
- Shape or form Multi-stemmed, Thicket-forming, Upright
- Growth rate Moderate