Common Name: 
Spirea, note spelling

Some 80 or more species of deciduous shrubs.  Leaves alternate, simple, serrate, dentate, or lobed, usually with short petioles.  Flowers white, pink, or reddish, in clusters, usually bisexual, 5 sepals, 4-5 petals, numerous stamens.  Fruit usually has 2-10 oblong seeds.  Native to Asia, Europe, North America, and Mexico.
Spiraea: from the Greek speiraia, a plant used for garlands.

Pronunciation: 
spi-RE-a
Family: 
Rosaceae

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