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DescriptionThis native perennial plant is 4-10' tall, consisting of a central stem that is erect, and occasional side stems in the upper half of the plant that produce panicles of flowers. The alternate leaves are quite large, up to 10" long and across. They are palmately lobed, while the leaf margins are coarsely dentate. In overall appearance, they resemble oversized maple leaves. The small white flowers occur in loose clusters and have a pleasant fragrance. Each flower has a short tubular shape, which flares outward into 5 lobes, spanning about ½" across. The overall effect is rather showy. The blooming period occurs from early to mid-summer, and lasts about a month. Each plant is unisexual (male or female). The root system consists of a hollow taproot that branches occasionally. This plant has a distinctive appearance that can't be confused with any other.