Herb: Bridalwreath Spiraea

Latin name: Spiraea prunifolia

Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Medicinal use of Bridalwreath Spiraea:

The plant is emetic. It is used in the treatment of malaria and fever.

Description of the plant:


2.5 m
(8 1/4 foot)

to May

Habitat of the herb:

Sunny hillsides to 1500 metres. Stony and barren places in C. and S. Korea.

Edible parts of Bridalwreath Spiraea:

Young leaves - cooked.

Propagation of the herb:

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. Another report says that September is a good time to do this. Division of suckers in early spring. They can be planted out straight into their permanent positions.

Cultivation of Bridalwreath Spiraea:

Sunny hillsides to 1500 metres. Stony and barren places in C. and S. Korea.

Known hazards of Spiraea prunifolia:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.