Friday, March 20, 2015

Itea virginica 'Sprich' Little Henry® and 'Henry's Garnet' Sweetspire

I got a recommendation from my friend Mike for Itea virginica 'Little Henry' Sweetspire (also called 'Sprich') as a great small shrub option for my backyard, especially for it's brilliant fall display. When I was at the 2015 Indiana Flower and Patio Show on Monday, I noticed this little guy in about 4 different displays. Looks like it's getting quite popular!



It's always nice to see plants in person before you buy them, and I was pleased with the shape and floppy leaves and flowers. I'm looking forward to getting these in April. I was going to order online from Monrovia but they said this item was unavailable in Indiana? Odd. It looks like it's also available from Proven Winners direct from their site.

What's the difference between Little Henry and Henry's Garnet? It looks like the only real difference is the size, with Henry's Garnet getting up to 5-6 feet tall, and Little Henry staying around 2-3 feet tall and wide. Both are said to sucker, so they will spread out gradually. 


Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet' Sweetspire

Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet' Sweetspire

Itea virginica 'Sprich' Little Henry® Sweetspire

Itea virginica 'Sprich' Little Henry® Sweetspire

Itea virginica 'Sprich' Little Henry® Sweetspire

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