Our area (NC and surrounding states) represents the southern tip of the range for this shrub, which is much more common to the north. In NC and Va it occurs in some mountain counties and some coastal plain/lower piedmont counties. The common name “Steeplebush” reflects it’s pink steeple-like blooms in late summer. The wetland indicator status for Steeplebush is FACW, as it is mostly found in wetlands, but can also occur in upland habitats. This shrub grows as a rhizomatous colony of single stems, with attractive, peeling bark and alternate, leathery leaves. It thrives in full sun, but can tolerate a little shade. Not only do Steeplebush’s flowers attract butterflies but the handsome brown seed heads are pleasant through the winter, and attract birds also. These characters make Steeplebush an excellent choice for naturalizing in a sunny, damp or wet area.