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holoduscus discolor bloom seed plants   Rock Spirea (Ocean Spray, Creambush, Ironwood) Holodiscus discolor (a.k.a Sericotheca discolor. Spiraea discolor. S. ariaefolia.)

Native North American hardy shrub with small, seeply lobed leaves and creamy white blooms panicles in July, followed by berries.  A slightly pendulous branching habit makes it  a lovely ornamental specimen.  Holodiscus is a member of the Rose famly, Rosaceae. 

The plants prefer a sandy fairly moist loamy soil in full sun.  Propagation can be easily performed by layering, by sowing seed, or by taking greenwood cuttings in the autumn.  Seed should be sown as soon as they are ripe, but stored seeds can be sown if cold stratified for about 120 days. (See Seed Stratification)

Blooms have been used to treat diarrhea, the berries to treat chickenpox and the leaves as a poultice for bruises.  In its native habitat, Holodiscus can be found growing in clearings or among  firs or oaks or in chaparral areas.  The wood is extremely strong and has been used by native Americans to make spears and arrows.  Hardy to -30F (-34.4C);  height: 10ft.

#1941    Packet  $15.00   Approximately 75 seeds
#B4z-1941    Bulk seed 4oz  $52.00   Approximately 460 seeds
#B1-1941    Bulk Seed  1lb  $106.00   Approximately 1850 seeds


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