This plant is a small sized round shrub. It produces clusters of white flowers that turn into almost black seed heads, providing visual interest throughout the seasons. This shrub is a great option for a woody plant that stays short and compact. It serves as a host for the spring azure butterfly.
Bees, flies, beetles, wasps, caterpillars
4 to 8
2 to 3 ft.
3 to 4 ft.
Partial Shade, Full Sun
Dry Soil, Medium Soil
May, June, July
Borders or massing in native plant landscapes. Grows well in poorer, dry, or rocky soil.
Care and Maintenance
Tolerant of adverse conditions, like rocky soils. Established shrubs are difficult to transplant or split up.
Pest and Diseases
Leaf spot and powdery mildew can be problems. Beetle damage from feeding on foliage. Deer and rabbits tend to eat foliage so newly transplanted plugs may need additional protection.
Establishment and Propagation
Start from plug, or either a semi-hardwood or softwood cutting.
Alternative Plant Selections
Illinois native statewide.
Compact upright shrub with an overall rounded shape