Narrowleaf meadowsweet shrubs often reach 8 feet in height. This species is often the most conspicuous part of the vegetation in its habitat, taking up large areas of ground. Its leaves are oblong or lance-shaped, and toothed on the edges, and its twigs are tough and yellowish brown. The white flowers grow in spikelike clusters at the ends of the branches, blooming from early summer through September.
The hollow, upright stems were used historically as pipe stems.
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