This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

what is this?

mystery plant 009 This is a wetland plant from the meadow near my garden. Can anyone help me ID it?


Blogger Vesna - Kalipso said...

Flowers look like these of the family Rosace, and the inflorescence reminds me of the plant Filipendula. In Croatia, we have similar plant with white flowers that grows on wet meadows. Try to google Filipendula rubra and see if it matches your plant. I think, the common name is Meadowsweet orQueen of the Prairie.

July 24, 2012 11:51 PM

Blogger miss m said...

Looks like Spirea tomentosa.

July 25, 2012 1:27 AM

Blogger Pat said...

It looks like steeplebush (Spiraea tomentosa) to me.

July 25, 2012 8:44 AM

Anonymous Megan said...

My guess would be wild spirea. Here's a picture from a blog in your state:

Let us know!

July 25, 2012 8:51 AM

Blogger K said...

It looks like a spirea, based on the flowers and leaves. Quite possibly Spiraea tomentosa?

July 25, 2012 9:49 AM

Blogger Kellie said...

Spirea Tomentosa (steeplebush)?
If so, it's a Mass native. I planted some in our front flower beds.

This is the description from Project Native:
Spiraea tomentosa
Steeplebush (small shrub)
Light: sun to part sun
Size: 2-5’ tall,2-5’ wide
Blooms: mid-summer
Color: pink
Culture and Notes: Grows abundantly on Mt. Greylock in a stunning natural display with white birch and elderberry. This fast growing shrub can be cut back every two years for renewed vigor and growth. Showy flowers provide mid-summer color. Prefers moist to moderately dry soil. Often grows at the meadow’s edge.

July 25, 2012 9:50 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spiraea tomentosa!

July 25, 2012 10:22 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Thanks!!! It is a very pretty plant and I have been admiring the flowers. Glad to now know what it is!

July 25, 2012 1:16 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Astilbe....I think that's how you spell it.

July 31, 2012 7:51 PM


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