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Native to AL, GA, NC, SC and TN.
Woody shrub. Leaves pinnately compound, glabrous. Flowers in spike-like racemes; Flowers deep purple with orange anthers.
Flowers in May.
Wetland Indicator: NA
An uncommon shrub native to only five southern states. Very similar to the more common and widespread A. fruticosa which is pubescent rather than glabrous. This plant was photographed at the Morton Arboretum, so it is hardy to at least zone 5.
Gleason, Henry A.
and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States
and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY
© Michael Hough 2004