Bridewort, Billard's

Information on Billard's Bridewort

Common Name: Billard's Bridewort
Scientific Name: Spiraea x billardii
Irish Name: Not known at present
Family Group: Rosaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period

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Billard's Bridewort is not easily confused with other wild plants on this web site.

Billard's Bridewort is a very pretty, bushy hedgerow shrub. It can grow to a height of 2 metres. It bears small, 5mm, 5-lobed, deep-pink flowers in dense ovoid panicles on erect branches. Each flower has an abundance of long, projecting stamens. Its leaves are 3-7cm, coarsely toothed, alternate, ovate-oblong, without stipules. 

This shrub is a garden escape that has naturalised in some places and it turns up on roadsides and waste ground. It is a perennial and this is the commonest among a group of subspecies. Leaf shape is an important point for identification. It is scattered across Ireland, mainly ococuring in Counties Monaghan, Kerry, Wexford & Mayo.  

I first came across this attractive shrub in 2019 near Kilmore Quay in County Wexford where I also photographed it. 

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Bridewort, Billard's
Bridewort, Billard's
Bridewort, Billard's
Bridewort, Billard's