North Carolina to Florida in the coastal plain.
Low suckering shrub with arching branches.
Native to bogs and wet areas but performs well in normal garden conditions. Full sun results in the best foliage color.
Ideal plant for massing and naturalizing. May work well as an isolated plant mixed into an herbaceous border.
Alternate, oval to oblong, entire to serrate-crenate margin, 1 to 3 inches long. The leaves of most plants exhibit a silver cast on the foliage. This is quite variable and in extreme cases is an outstanding effect in the landscape. Foliage is semievergreen to deciduous.
Stems smooth and glaucous.
Small white flowers occur in the axils of the leaves in May - June. The individual flowers resemble those of Pieris.
'Winter Star' - lavender pink, single, 3 feet.