An adaptable, colony-forming plant of wetlands. Inconspicuous flowers are white and clustered at the bases of the leaves about the purplish stem. Leaves are dark green, glossy, and broadly serrate. Tolerant of frequent flooding, gravelly soil, and degraded wetland conditions. Generally speaking, an unremarkable-looking plant which nonetheless is an important food source for native bees and other pollinators, and the host plant for certain Sphynx Moth caterpillars.
1-3 foot tall
Plant Hardiness Zones: 3a-10a
Native Range: ME south to FL, west to TX. Western edge of range through OK, KS, NE, IA, and MN. Native in Canada in ON and QC. Rare in MI and VT.
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