Spiraea tomentosa
Family: Rosaceae
hard-hack, steeplebush
Spiraea tomentosa image
Kenneth J. Sytsma  
Etymology: Spiraea: ancient Greek word for "a wreath spiraled or twisted" for the twisted seed pod of some of these species
Plants: erect, perennial, 2'- 3 1/2' tall shrub
Leaves: alternate, not divided or lobed, oblong to lance-like, whitish-orange fuzz beneath, edges with fine, sharp teeth
Flowers: pink, 5-parted, 1/8" wide; inflorescence a 5" terminal, branched panicle-like cluster; blooms July-Sept.
Fruits: woolly, pod-like with several seeds
Habitat: full to partial sun; moist; meadows, streambanks, bogs; in sandy, loamy soil
Conservation Status: Native