An excellent back of the border native plant growing 6′ tall or more with deep green foliage with red veining and stems. Red flower clusters appear in late summer and early fall. Height can be controlled with an early summer cut back by half. A widespread native North American plant.
The plant is a food source for several butterfly species including orange sulphur, pearl crescent, painted lady, giant swallowtail, tiger swallowtail, variegated fritillary, and red admiral.