or spi·rae·a



any of various plants or shrubs belonging to the genus Spiraea, of the rose family, having clusters of small, white or pink flowers, certain species of which are cultivated as ornamentals.

Origin of spirea

1660–70; < New Latin, Latin spīraea < Greek speiraía privet
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Historical Examples of spirea

  • In fact, attempt to train a Spirea and the chances are that you will spoil it.

    Amateur Gardencraft

    Eben E. Rexford

  • Just at dawn, in a dew-drenched thicket of spirea, I found three nests not six feet apart.

    Everyday Adventures

    Samuel Scoville

  • Quite as popular as the Spirea is the Deutzia, throughout the middle section of the northern states.

    Amateur Gardencraft

    Eben E. Rexford

  • The hardy ornamental shrubs, honeysuckle, lilac, mock-orange and spirea Van Houttii can be grown here.

  • Spirea Anthony Waterer is a fine plant in late summer, having pink umbels of flowers and a habit somewhat like the valerian.

    Small Gardens

    Violet Purton Biddle