Mound shaped deciduous shrub with densely packed clusters of pink to rose to purplish flowers with long, pink stamens forming spike-like blooms resembling steeples. Large flower heads rest ontop single branched orangish-red stems coated in woolly hairs. Flower heads are 3-4 inches wide & 8 inches long.
Dark green foliage with serrated edges is accompanied by woolly hairs on the underneath surface. As flowers fade, brown seed pods coated in a mat of white hairs develop. Foliage turns a striking reddish-gold color in the fall.
Larvae host plant for spring & summer Azure butterflies, Sharp lined yellow moth, &
the Blind-eyed sphinx.
Grows best in wet, acidic soils, but is tolerant to medium soil & clay
Reaches 2-4ft tall & 3-5ft wide
Blooms July to September in full to partial sun
Sold in 2x3 inch pots
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