Common Name: hardhack
Origin/Ecology: Native to BC.
Habit: Stiffly upright, twiggy. Grows to 2 m tall, 3 m wide.
Leaves: Simple, pinnate venation, soft flexible, glabrous, oblong, dentate. Leaves narrowly oblong, dark green/densely tomentose underneath, toothed at tips.
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Flowers and Fruit:Flowers dense panicles, purple-pink, early summer, bowl-shaped, Jun-Jul. Follicle, brown, Sept-Oct (persistent).
Bark: Branches woolly, reddish-brown.
Water Use, Soil: Acidic, bog.
Exposure: Full sun.
Landscape Uses: Erosion control, waterside planting, wildlife food, woodland margin, summer interest, birds, ornamental.
Other Features: Stems very flexible. Often cultivated in English gardens, though usually manicured/pruned.