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Scentlandia® Sweetspire Itea virginica

Exposure
  • Full Shade
  • Part Shade to Shade
  • Part Sun to Sun
  • Sun
  • Sun or Shade

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
36" 36"
Height
24 - 36"
Spread
24 - 36"
  • Details

    Features

    Sweet summertime fragrance.

    We sniffed dozens of different sweetspires in pursuit of the most fragrant variety, and we can say with confidence that we've found it in Scentlandia® itea. Though this native plant is much beloved for its sweetly scented summer blooms, not all plants exhibit equally strong fragrance, so it was our primary goal in introducing our next variety. We also wanted a smaller variety that works with any size landscape, and outstanding fall color so that the plant stays interesting beyond its bloom time. Scentlandia® sweetspire delivers on all three! The flowers aren't just longer, larger, and more fragrant than other varieties - they're also more cold tolerant, assuring a good display even in USDA zone 5 where flower buds are frequently damaged. Itea is one of the most shade tolerant flowering shrubs and thrives even in wet soils, making it an excellent problem solver. 

    Available in better garden centers in spring 2019.

    Top reasons to grow Scentlandia® sweetspire:

    - More fragrant than other sweetspire varieties

    - Better bud hardiness means better performance in USDA zones 5 and 6

    - One of the most shade tolerant flowering shrubs

    Fragrant Flower
    Fall Interest
    Bog Plant
    Resists: 
    Deer

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Short
    Garden Height: 
    24 - 36 Inches
    Spacing: 
    24 - 36 Inches
    Spread: 
    24 - 36 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    White
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Green
    Habit: 
    Mounded
    Container Role: 
    Filler

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Full Shade
    Light Requirement: 
    Part Shade to Shade
    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Light Requirement: 
    Sun or Shade
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Blooms On: 
    Old Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Early Summer
    Hardiness Zones: 
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Edging Plant
    Uses: 
    Groundcover
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Mass Planting
    Uses: 
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses Notes: 

    Plant Scentlandia itea near a window or outdoor area where you can enjoy its fragrance. Its small stature makes it a nice choice for adding color and scent to perennial gardens. 

    Itea is one of the few shrubs that will still flower reasonably well even in shade.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Itea needs little maintenance. In spring, after new growth begins to emerge, you can remove any stems that aren't showing signs of life - do not prune until you see signs of new growth. Mulch is  a good idea. 

    Scentlandia® Itea virginica 'SMNIVDFC' USPP 30,233, Can PBRAF
  • 3 Reviews

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    • I have 9 Scentlandia. They were purchased at 3 different times of the year from 2 different sellers in spring 2019. They were dormant when I got them. I planted them in groups of 3 in 3 locations around my home. They bloomed in 2019 — no fragrance detected. They were beautiful in the fall, changing to shades of red, and held their leaves for a while. Spring 2020, bloomed nicely but still no scent detected, even up close. I never pruned them at any point. Pollinators liked them. As of August 2020, they have gotten larger over the course of the year and put out upward branches in a loose open habit but also runners underground. The runners aren’t extremely aggressive. I can grab any that pop up a foot or so away and pull them up back toward the base and clip off. I am disappointed in the lack of scent, especially given its name, so for this alone I would rate the shrub as 3 stars. This was a big selling point for me and I would have chosen something else for the area of my garden where I was really looking forward to the scent. If you want to give these a go, I’d suggest to try to buy when they are in bloom to see if they have a scent. I am a huge fan of Proven Winners and own a lot of their shrubs, perennials, and annuals, and they usually do not disappoint.

      Lisa G.
      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 8 weeks ago
    • I purchased 6 of these and absolutely love them. The scent and flowers are perfect in the garden and the winter interest color is gorgeous.

      Amy H
      , New Jersey
      , United States
      , 15 weeks ago
    • I would another, If i had space for it. BEST SMELL,I have it at my front porch. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BUSH TO ANYONE That likes a good fragrance and very pretty.

      Saundra
      , Virginia
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
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