What plant is that?

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August  2019 Mystery Plant --shrub

August  2019 Mystery Plant -- close up of shrub

August  2019 Mystery Plant -- leaf

August  2019 Mystery Plant -- flowers

Top two and bottom photos: ©David G. Smith, http://www.delawarewildflowers.org
Third photo from the top:© Francis R. Underwood 2019

The mystery plant for August 2019
is a deciduous shrub with
long, alternate, odd-pinnate leaves
(pinnate leaf with single terminal leaflet) holding 11-35  leaflets.
Clusters of spike-like racemes
grow along the upper stems
forming spires of purple flowers.
The flowers are small, about  ½”long.

The shrub grows 4-6 feet tall. 
According to NEWFS this shrub
provides food for caterpillars of
several native butterflies,
Silver spotted skippers and Gray Hairstreaks.  This shrub grows along the shores of Greenwich Bay at Goddard Park
and across the Bay along Mary’s Creek.
It likely grows at other sites in RI.
The blooming date is from
late May to the middle of July.

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Congratulations to the following
for correctly identifying
last month's mystery plant.

Elizabeth E. Dickson
Brooke Dodge
Howard Dooley
Nancy Fullerton
Lydia Genard
Sheila Khan
Justyn Koenig
Brian Maynard
Wendy Miller
Krista Noe 
Allison Stift
Garth Taylor