Virginia Willow

'Little Henry'

Itea virginica


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Profile for the Virginia Willow

Type of Plant: Native, small, deciduous shrub (semi-evergreen in south Florida) with a somewhat vine-like growth habit, with slender arching stems. Maximum height: about 6 feet (usually 3-4 feet, rarely 7-12 feet).
Habitat: Common in floodplain forests, swamps, wet hammocks, along stream banks and calcareous hammocks.
Distribution: Throughout northern Florida southward to the lower peninsula. Eastern United States north to New Jersey and West to Louisiana. Zones 5/6-9.
Landscape Use: Useful as an ornamental accent or mass planting in both wet and rich or drier sites.  It will easily spread by underground runners and new plants transplant easily. Showy flowering in late spring to early summer and attractive fall/ winter color.
Wildlife Benefit: Flowers attract butterflies and seeds eaten by birds.
Soil: Acid, rich organic preferred. Tolerates lime.
Light: Full sun in the a.m. or p.m.- part sun / shade. Flowering is best with full sun for at least part of the day, but tolerates full shade as well. Also, the more sun, the more intense the fall color.
Water: Prefers wet to moist sites, but is drought tolerant when cultivated and will adapt to a drier site, provided rich, organic soil is provided
Misc: May sucker or colonize to form a ground cover or thicket.


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