Spiraea, also known as Spirea, is a genus of more than 100 species of flowering shrubs in the family Rosaceae, native to the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere.
These plants have simple, fine-textured leaves and short racemes, panicles or corymbs of tiny, five-petaled flowers in shades of purple, pink, yellow, cream and white. They are tolerant of some shade, but full sun encourages a profusion of flowers. Spirea deserves a spot in every garden that has room for a small shrub. Once established, this charming garden plant will attract birds and butterflies, making your green space a wildlife heaven.
Meaning: The genus name comes from the Greek word “speira”, which means “wreath”, “coil” or “spire”, in reference to the showy flower clusters.
Symbolism: Spiraea symbolizes wealth, fortune and prosperity. It also represents victory over hardship and creative expansion.