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Scientific Name:

Cephalanthus occidentalis


A native shrub with distinctive round, white flowers that resemble buttons and glossy green leaves.


Native to North America and often found in wet environments such as swamps, bogs, and along stream banks.


Buttonbush provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including birds such as the yellow warbler and red-shouldered hawk who use the plant for cover and nesting, and small mammals such as muskrats who may eat the plant's seeds and use the plant for shelter.

Growing Conditions:

Prefers moist soil and partial shade to full sun.


Often used in landscaping for its ornamental value and ability to attract pollinators. The plant's leaves and bark have been used for medicinal purposes.

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Fun Facts:

Buttonbush is also known as "common buttonbush" or "honey balls".

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