“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
Juvenile leaves opposite, lacking stalks, with short hairs on both surfaces, margins toothed; older leaves in whorls of 3 or 4, up to 6 inches long and 1 inch wide, with toothed margins
To 6 feet
The flowers on this tall, erect plant are on terminal spikes that rise from a common axis?the center spike is larger. Individual flowers are minute and tightly spaced. They are white and rarely pink.
Occasionally found in prairie swales, savannas and wet grasslands throughout Missouri, it is rarely used in seeding mixes because seed is difficult to collect in large quantities. The showy spikes have numerous flowers that are a good nectar source for insects