A deciduous, perennial shrub growing 2 to 5 feet. Leaves are usually slightly hairy. ThThe pink or white bell shaped flowers blooming in late spring. Seeds are small, light green to white in color. Occurring in woodlands, and moist areas. Reproduces by its seeds, sometimes by layering, and rhizomatous roots. Favors well drained, sandy loam to clay loam soils, and does not tolerate alkalinity or salinity soils. Good forage for wildlife and livestock, but not very palatable. Also used for landscapes and recreational planting. Found central northern states to north Texas.