Erect, thicket-forming shrub with many shoots and branches. Leaves deciduous, alternating along branches, with short petioles, oval to oblong, dark green on top. Flowers many, pink to rose in pointed, erect cluster, much longer than broad. Grows in moist areas in forest, bogs, fens, streambanks, at low to mid elevations. Var. douglasii has finely matted gray hairs on underside of leaves. Var. menziesii is without hairs on underside of leaves.
- Rarity: Common
- Flowering Time: All Summer
- Life Cycle: Perennial
- Height: 2--6 feet
- Habitat: Meadow, West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest, Bog/Fen/Wetland, Moist Riverbanks
- Found In: Olympic Np, Mt. Rainier Np, N Cascades Np, Crater Lake Np, West Gorge, Siskiyous
- Native: Yes