From a distance, ninebark quarter-inch flowers, all packed into
balls, make the bush look a little like it's covered with dirty snowballs. Up close, the 'dirt' resolves into all this marvelous color. Ninebark grows in damp ground, sometimes in basic soil. Like many plants, as you go north it is more likely to be in drier sites. It is now coming into cultivation, particularly a variety with reddish leaves and pinkish flowers. Ninebark is found in AL, AR, AZ, CO, CT, DE, FL(E), GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, MB, NB, NS, ON, and QC. Introduced in Europe.
Grand Island National Recreation Area, Alger Co MI, 7/14/14.