BBY002 :: Spiræa douglasii

Rose spirea, hardhack, Douglas spirea, steeplebush. Another member of the rose family (see 001 last week), this native bush produces beautiful fuzzy flowers all around the lake for much of the summer. I’ve seen red-winged blackbirds sitting in the dried upper branches eating the seeds.

Juvenile male red-winged blackbird eating rose spirea seeds

While native, bountiful, and beautiful in North America, this species is considered invasive in Europe!

Specimen recorded July 24, 2020, 17:55 at the all-weather field trailhead. About 9’ (2.7 m) tall.

Art by Nelson Spies, September 17, 2020. Coloured pencil on medium surface paper.

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