Spiraea lucida
shiny-leaf spiraea, shinyleaf spiraea

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to Oregon, east to Saskatchewan and Wyoming.

Habitat: Stream banks and open to wooded areas, sea level to high elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Deciduous, nearly glabrous shrubs from strong rhizomes, the stems 2.5-6 dm. tall.


Leaves alternate, ovate-oblong to obovate, 2-7 cm. long, coarsely and usually doubly serrate, dark green on the upper surface, paler on the lower.


Inflorescence a flat-topped raceme 3-8 cm. broad; calyx glabrous, the tubular portion hemispheric, 1-1.5 mm. wide, the 5 lobes triangular; petals 5, dull white, often with a pinkish tinge, 2 mm. long; stamens 25-50; pistils 5, distinct, 1.5-2 mm. long.


Follicles 3 mm. long, somewhat leathery, mostly glabrous.

Accepted Name:
Spiraea lucida Douglas ex Greene
Publication: Pittonia 2: 221. 1892.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Spiraea betulifolia Pall., misapplied [HC]
Spiraea betulifolia Pall. ssp. lucida (Douglas ex Greene) Roy L. Taylor & MacBryde
Spiraea betulifolia Pall. var. lucida (Douglas ex Greene) C.L. Hitchc.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Spiraea lucida in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Spiraea lucida checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Spiraea lucida atlas page.

CalPhotos: Spiraea lucida photos.

USDA Plants: Spiraea lucida information.

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