Bridewort (Spiraea salicifolia)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Spiraea salicifolia

A soil stabilizer for river and lakeside banks[200].

Plants are frequently planted in hedges[17].

  • Medicinal Use

    The roots have been used in the treatment of coughs and chest colds[257].

    Immature seeds have been used in the treatment of diarrhoea with blood[257].

  • Edible Use

    Young leaves – cooked[177]. Rich in vitamin C[105].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame if possible. It is likely to require stratification before it germinates, so stored seed should be sown in a cold frame as early in the year as you receive it. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle, and grow them on in a cold frame for their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a light sandy soil a frame. Cuttings of mature wood of the current seasons growth, 15cm long, October/November in an outdoor frame[200]. Another report says that September is a good time to do this[11]. Division of suckers in early spring[200]. They can be planted out straight into their permanent positions.
Tolerates most soils[200], but prefers a good loamy soil, abundant moisture and full sunlight[11, 200]. Prefers a moist lime-free soil[182], plants quickly become chlorotic on chalk soils[200]. A very cold hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to about -25¡c[184]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[11]. A rampant suckering shrub, it quickly produces dense thickets[182]. It is apt to get thin and poor unless divided up fairly regularly and replanted in fairly good soil[1].
Europe to E. Asia. Naturalized in Wales and N. Britain[17].

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