Native to North America, and found throughout much of the eastern half of the continent.
A perennial shrub often used for ornamental garden purposes. It grows well in shaded locations, forming a thick shrub over 4 feet in height. Reproduction is from seeds.
Mature plants are dense, sprawling shrubs with woody stems. The dark green leaves are opposite along the reddish stems, up to 6 inches in length on short stalks, and lance-shaped with serrate margins. The flowers occur in small clusters at the ends of the stems. These are yellow and with the bases of the petals fused to form a long, narrow tube. The very long stamens protrude noticeably from the flower.
Characteristicts Important to Control:
Not a plant needing control. Normally found as a garden ornamental, where physical pruning can keep it controlled.