Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet'

Virginia Sweetspire

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Pot Size: 4"x4"x5.5" pot

Plant Description

Itea virginica is an understory shrub native to moist woods in the southeast. It is an open upright shrub growing to about 7 feet tall. It has bright green oblong leaves which turn a good red in the fall. White, fragrant flowers are borne on upright, dense racemes (elongated clusters) 2 to 6 inches long in early- to midsummer. The native species is good enough to include in your garden. But, 'Henry's Garnet' is a truly outstanding selection. The flower clusters are twice as long as the original species, and they arch and cascade above the foliage beautifully. Fall foliage turns deep burgundy. The colorful leaves seem to hold on forever, too, sometimes persisting well into the winter. Grow 'Henry's Garnet' in moist to average soil in full sun or light shade. Expect a happy mature plant to be 6 feet tall and at least that wide. This plant in flower or in fall color is a dazzler.



Rain Garden

Good Fall Color

Butterfly Plant

Native Plant

Good Fragrance

Ease of Culture

Easy to grow


Semi Evergreen

Plant Type


Light Exposure

Full sun, Mostly sunny,

Half and half,

Soil Condition

Average, Organic, Clay,

Moisture Tolerance

Moderately moist, Moist,


full quart


36 or taller,


Flower Color


Bloom Time

Early summer,

Typical Height





5, 6, 7, 8, 9