LITTLE HENRY® Sweetspire

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

Our native sweetspire is a very useful plant for Rain gardens and other damp sites. Fragrant summer flowers attract pollinators, and the red fall foliage makes it a good alternative to burning bush. Flowering and fall color may be less pronounced in shade although the plant will grow well. Little Henry® is a dwarf plant that is about half the size of traditional varieties, making it a great choice for smaller landscapes. It may be used for foundation plantings, mixed borders, or planted en masse. It will tolerate clay soil.


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 is actually very 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.

Botanical Name

Itea virginica 'Sprich'


5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Flower Color


Foliage Color







Full Sun, Part Sun, Shade


Moist, Wet

Season of Interest



Borders, Containers, Foundations, Specimen


Alkaline soil, Attracts pollinators, Clay soil, Compact, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Fall interest, Fragrant, Native


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