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Scientific Name:

Cephalanthus occidentalis


Buttonbush is a native deciduous shrub known for its unique spherical flower clusters and glossy, dark green leaves. It is a versatile plant that provides beauty and benefits to wildlife.


Wetlands, swamps, streambanks, pond edges


Buttonbush provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including birds, butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Its flowers attract nectar-seeking insects, while its dense growth and branching structure provide cover and nesting sites for birds. The plant's seeds are also a food source for birds.

Growing Conditions:

Buttonbush thrives in moist to wet soils and can tolerate periodic flooding. It prefers full sun to partial shade.


Buttonbush is often used in wetland restoration projects, rain gardens, and naturalized landscapes. Its attractive flowers and wildlife value make it a popular choice for

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Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz

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