New Jersey Tea
A low, much-branched shrub, with woody stem and herbaceous upper branches. Flowers aromatic, on branching clusters arising on long stalks from leaf axils, those from lower part of stems much longer than upper; in small, rounded panicles of tiny white flowers, reminiscent of tiny lilac clusters. Each petal looks like a tiny spoon. Blooms May–June. Leaves alternate, broadly ovate, sessile, finely toothed, on petioles.
Similar species: Redroot (C. herbaceus) is somewhat shorter, with dense, flat-topped inflorescences and leaves that are narrow and oblong to elliptical. It blooms April-June and is found in prairies, fields and uplands in the western part of Missouri only.