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Steeplebush

Spiraea tomentosa
Steeplebush

Habitat

They are found in fields and pastures.

Description

They have a fuzzy bunch of rose-pink flowers in a "steeple” at the top of shrubby plant. The leaves have toothed edges and are white and woolly underneath. The stems are also woolly. They bloom July through September. Also called, hardhack.

Taxonomic Features (Traits) for Identification

Flower Type: Flowers too small to see clearly forming a fluffy "steeple" on the top of the plant
Flower Color: Pink
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Plant Type: Wildflower (Tall - 1-4 feet)
Leaf Type: Egg-shaped, toothed and woolly underneath
Stem: Woolly

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