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also spi·rae·a  (spī-rē′ə)
Any of various shrubs of the genus Spiraea of the rose family, having clusters of small white or pink flowers and including bridal wreath, hardhack, and meadowsweet.

[Latin spīraea, meadowsweet, from Greek speiraia, privet, from speira, coil.]
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or spi•rae•a

(spaɪˈri ə)

n., pl. -re•as or -rae•as.
any shrub of the genus Spiraea, of the rose family, having clusters of small white or pink flowers: some are cultivated as ornamentals.
[1660–70; < New Latin, Latin spīraea < Greek speiraía privet]
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Noun1.spirea - a Japanese shrub that resembles members of the genus Spiraeaspirea - a Japanese shrub that resembles members of the genus Spiraea; widely cultivated in many varieties for its dense panicles of flowers in many colors; often forced by florists for Easter blooming
astilbe - any plant of the genus Astilbe having compound leaves and showy panicles of tiny colorful flowers
2.spirea - any rosaceous plant of the genus Spiraea; has sprays of small white or pink flowers
genus Spiraea, Spiraea - a dicotyledonous genus of the family Rosaceae
Saint Peter's wreath, Spiraea prunifolia, St. Peter's wreath, bridal wreath, bridal-wreath - shrub having copious small white flowers in spring
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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Double Play Doozie is a Japanese spirea that also fits the bill.
Then they filled in gaps with faster-growing ornamental grasses to provide coverage while the trees matured, as well as other plants they liked, such as lilacs, spirea, and even a Japanese maple.
For instance, Choisya ternata and Philadelphus will bolster your borders, as will the likes of spirea and Aucuba japonica.
The spirea aphid, Aphis citricola van der Goot (Hemiptera: Aphididae), is a major apple tree pest in Chinese apple production areas and often causes serious economic losses; however, a generalist predator, the multicolored Asian lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis (Pallas) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae), is successfully used to control this pest (Qiu et al.
She shoved down the elastic shoulders of her peasant blouse and sat there flicking off grasshoppers--given that it was the summer of the grasshopper plague--and she flicked off each one like it was a spitball, aiming mostly for the spirea bush (which rhymed with diarrhea).
There are several different kinds of spirea, but they all have showy white flowers.
Montevideo, Uruguay, December 19, 2015 --(PR.com)-- German cleantech company Spirea GmbH, together with its local partner ERGO SRL have announced the completion of a pilot solar photovoltaic system of 5kWp for company Farolur S.A.
Remedies: Aloe, Ambra, Androctonus, Aristolochia, Aurum Sulphuricum, Azadirachta, Baryta lodata, Baryta Sulphurica, Cereus Serpentinus, Cicuta, Coca, Coceinum, Comocladia, Curare, Cycloamen, Fumaria, Gratiola, Homarus, Hura, Hydrastus, Hydrocotyle, Indolum, Kola nut, Lac Defloratum, Laurocerasus, Ledum, Mandragora, Mephites, Ocimum sanctum, Rhus glabra, Secale, Sepia, Skatolum, Solanum Tuberosum Aegrotans, Spirea. Nosodes: Leprominium, Psorinum.
Several of them were rebuilt from the ground up in the 19th century or in the beginning of the 20th century as the Alba-Postavari Church, Izvorul Tamaduirii, Spirea Veche.
For me, the best of all worlds are spirea, smallish, easily maintained plants that grow anywhere, with pretty pink or white spring and summer flowers.
Yn 1897, mi wnaeth Felix Hoffmann greu cemegyn oedd wedi'i newid yn synthetig o salicin, a'r planhigyn y gwnaeth o ei ddefnyddio oedd Spirea ulmaria, sef yr erwain.