Scientific Name: Physocarpus malvaceus
Family Name: Rosaceae
Bloom Period: Summer
Life Span: Perennial
Height: Grows up to 2 m tall.
Habitat: Scattered and very common at low to mid elevations in SE part of this region. Dry open, rocky slopes and in open ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir forests.
Leaf Description: Divided into 3-5 lobes with toothed edges and deep veins, shiny dark green above, lighter below, hairy on both surfaces.
Flower and Petal Description: White, with 5 rounded petals, in half-rounded clusters at branch tips.
Stem Description: Woody stems that peel from the stem.
Fruit Description: Pairs of inflated, hairy, reddish capsules, joined on the lower half, each with shiny yellowish seed inside.
Medicinal Uses: Native American use it as a good luck charm to protect their hunting equipment.
This flower is native to the area.