Hardhack, or Steeple Bush Spiraea douglasii is a shrub that grows
about a metre high by ponds and other wet places. It is quite common on the
west coast of Canada. The stems have narrow oval leaves with margins that
have coarse teeth towards their tips. The flowers form fluffy pink clusters
that die down to reddish-brown husks. A related pink-flowered species
Spiraea tomentosa that grows in Ontario, is also known as Hardhack.
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