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Little Henry® Virginia sweetspire

Itea virginica 'Sprich'

IT-ee-ah ver-JIN-ih-kah

Like the popular ‘Henry’s Garnet’ Virginia sweetspire , Little Henry® has mildly fragrant white blooms in summer and red to orange leaf color in fall, but grows to just 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Use it in massed plantings, mixed borders, and containers. -Allan Armitage, Plants to know and grow, Fine Gardening issue #121

Noteworthy CharacteristicsCompact shape; showy bottlebrush flowers; nice fall color.

CareProvide full sun to full shade and moist to wet, slightly acidic soil.

PropagationStart new plants from greenwood cuttings in spring or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

ProblemsGenerally trouble free.

  • Genus : Itea
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Uses : Containers
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Showy Fall Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium to Wet
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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  1. user-7007108 08/01/2014

    I have a litle henry tnat is not doing well. It is planted in a partial shade to partial sun area, about three weeks ago rhe leave started falling off. It is well watered. It only has a few leaves left. Th eplant was given to me after the passing of my son Henry. What can i doto save it?

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