Distribution: Alaska to California, east to Idaho; more common west of the Cascades
Habitat: Swamps, lake margins and damp meadows, sea level to subalpine
Flowers: June - August
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Erect, deciduous, freely-branching shrub 1-2 m. tall, the young growth somewhat woolly, the older bark brown.
Leaf blades oblong-elliptic to oblong-obovate, 4-10 cm. long, dark green and glabrous above, much paler and woolly beneath, remotely serrate on the upper half.
Inflorescence an elongate panicle, 6-20 cm. long, several times as long as broad, oblong to conic; calyx finely woolly, the 5 lobes triangular, reflexed, 1 mm. long; petals pink to deep rose, obovate, 1.5-2 mm. long; stamens 25-50, the filaments pink.
Follicles shiny, glabrous, leathery, 2.5-3 mm. long.