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Plant Details

Cephalanthus occidentalis

Buttonbush

Scientific Name:

Cephalanthus occidentalis

Common Name:

Buttonbush

Plant Family

Rubiaceae (Madder Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Shrub

Bloom Color(s):

white

Size in Feet:

10 - 15

Light:

Full-sun, part-sun

Bloom Time:

June, July, August

Bloom Area:

Statewide (Mountains, Piedmont, Coast)

In bloom

Buttonbush grows in wet places, even in standing water. Wood Ducks eat the seed and the flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Leaves opposite or in whorls of three.

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Jack Spruill, Tyrell Co, July 21, 2009

This plant was growing on the banks of the Scuppernong River in Columbia.

Flower cluster

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David Paynter, Brunswick Town, 6.11.11

Close-up of flower

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David Paynter, Brunswick Town, 6.11.11

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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