Similar to Spiraea japonica L.f.
Virginia Meadowsweet or Appalachian Spiraea (Spiraea virginiana) is a native species of spiraea similar to Japanese spiraea. It is rare in Tennessee (Endangered) and listed as Threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Japanese spiraea is distinguished by dense pubescence on the branchlets and inflorescence, lanceolate leaves, and pink flowers. Virginia meadowsweet has smooth, white flowers.