FIZZY MIZZY® Sweetspire

Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Shade Height: 2-3' Width/Spread: 2-3'

An unconventional Itea noted for its numerous, heavenward-shooting white, early summer flower spikes. A neat and tidy habit, in a container and in the garden, she has thick, dark green leaves which contrast nicely with the lightly fragrant, pure white blooms.


Light: Grows well in all light conditions. Though flower coverage and brilliance of fall color are at their best with at least four hours of direct exposure to the sun.

Soil: Quite tolerant of all conditions, but really thrives in moist soil.

Water: Enjoys very moist conditions, but has a moderate level of drought tolerant once it’s established.

Fertilizing: Doesn’t typically need fertilizer. If you know you have poor soil, you can apply some granular fertilizer formulated for flowering shrubs in the springtime when the soil is workable.

Pruning: Regular pruning isn’t recommended, as it maintains its best looking, carefree habit naturally. If you’d like to shape it a bit, you can do so after it’s done flowering in the early summer.

Other: Some dieback may happen in very cold zones, but it will come up from the ground like a perennial. A layer of mulch will help insulate the plant. Note that because it blooms on old wood, plants with severe winter damage will have few to no flowers that year.

Botanical Name

Itea virginica 'SMNVMM' PP#33,549, CBRAF


5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Flower Color


Foliage Color







Full Sun, Part Sun, Shade


Moist, Wet

Season of Interest



Woodland gardens


Alkaline soil, Attracts pollinators, Clay soil, Compact, Deer resistant

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