Virginia Sweetspire ‘Scentlandia’


Botanical Name:  Itea virginica ‘SMNIVDFC’

Common Name: Virginia Sweetspire ‘Scentlandia’

A Proven Winners plant.  Best known for its profusion of white blooms in early summer, this foundation shrub also features a very nice red leaf color in the fall.

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

Height: 2-3 ft; Width 2-3 ft.

Full sun to partial shade;  Moist to wet soils.

3 gallon


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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. 

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.  Blooms on old wood in early summer.

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

This eastern native thrives in partially shaded, moist conditions. Typically cascading growth is set off by unique white spire flowers like dozens of drooping candles. A bonus of muted fall color that brings light and interest into shaded corners. A carefree native for background. Perfect in woodland gardens where it prefers the acidic soils and muted light of canopies overhead. A great candidate for wildlife friendly gardens composed of native plants of all kinds.