Soil: Hydric (Wet) – Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 2-4 feet
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Season: July – September
Suggested Uses: Steeple Bush is a good shrub for shoreline restoration and large rain gardens. The reddish-brown bark exfoliates and the leaves turn to yellow in the fall. It likes moist, moderately acidic soils.
Native Range: Native to the Great Lakes, Northeast and parts of the Appalachia. Native the eastern half of Minnesota.
Pollinators: Bees and butterflies. Favored by the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis). Also attractive to birds.
Flowers: The tiny 1/4″ flowers have 5 petals, 5 sepals, numerous stamens, and 5-8 pistils. They are clustered in a dense pointed branched cluster. Some say it resembles a steeple. Dense plumes are in terminal clusters.
Leaves: The oblong, toothed leaves are fuzzy underneath. They are about 1-2″ long.
More information: USDA plant profile
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Mesic Soil, Wet Soil, Summer Blooming, Fall Blooming, Tall Height
Salt Tolerant, Attract Bees, Attract Birds, Attract Butterflies, Shoreline