Hardhack (Douglas’ Spirea)

Hardhack (Spiraea douglasii), also known as Douglas’ Spirea, is found across much of British Columbia but is especially common on the South Coast and Vancouver Island. It is a shrub which can reach up to 2m tall and form dense thickets. It likes moist areas and is found in marshes, bogs, streambanks, ditches and other wet sites. Its pink flower clusters bloom in late spring or early summer and persist for many months. The thickets provide habitat for nesting birds and the flowers provide nectar and pollen for hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators. There are other species of Spirea found in British Columbia but they are mostly low shrubs, therefore hardback is distinguishable by its larger size, as well as its pink flowers.


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