Campus Goes Native

Itea1Look how beautiful this Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica) is, planted just outside the University’s executive offices in Walsh-Ellett Hall. This lovely shrub is evidence that our native plants rightfully have an important place in landscaping. Many thanks to our grounds manager William Shealy and his team for choosing, planting, and maintaining this and other  native plants on campus.

Itea2Here’s a bug’s eye view of the tiny  white flowers, showing petals, stamens, and pistil. Sweetspire is popular with the pollinators, including butterflies and bees. Birds eat the berries that are produced later in the season.

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