Itea virginica 'Little Henry'

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 summer. The native species is good enough to include in your garden. But, 'Little Henry' is a truly outstanding selection because it is very dense and compact, growing only to about 4 feet tall and at least as wide. The flower clusters are about 6 inches long, and they arch and spray 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 'Little Henry' in moist to average soil in full sun or light shade. This plant in flower or in fall color is a dazzler, and also a butterfly magnet.



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

Moisture Tolerance

Moderately moist, Moist


full quart


24 to 36, 36 or taller


Flower Color


Bloom Time

Early summer,

Early summer



Hardiness Zones

5, 6, 7, 8, 9