A tall, easy to grow shrub with pointed green deciduous leaves, this plant begins to bloom in May with twin yellow, tubular flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds to its nectar. The flowers give rise to dark berries surrounded by striking red bracts that are enjoyed by native songbirds and small mamals.
Dainty yellow flowers attract hummingbirds
Summer and fall berries attract native birds
Easy to grow and tolerant of many growing sites
Flowers are a magnet for native butterflies
Drought tolerant but thrives in moist soils
Well-drained soil areas from Alaska south to California and east from Montana south to New Mexico, along with Michigan and Wisconsin.
The bark and berries of this plant had many uses for Native Americans including boiling to produce an eyewash, use as a dandruff preventative or even as a hair dye for those looking to hide their gray hair!
Prefers average to moist well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Will tolerate considerable shade. Naturalizes through self-seeding and will form colonies over time.