Hardhack (Steeplebush) - Spiraea tomentosa
Features: Bees, beetles, moths and butterflies are attracted to the vertical, pink blossoms which produce abundant pollen and minimal nectar. This is an important home for moth caterpillars too. The stems are tough, which is why this shrub is called Hardhack.
Light: full sun
Soil: moist to wet
Height: 2 to 3 ft.
Width: 2 ft.
Flower color: pink
Fall color: yellow orange
Special note: pollinator hot spot
Photo: Sara Hollerich, USFWS/flickr (cropped)