Shrub

Cephalanthus occidentalis

Buttonbush

  • Provides nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies
  • Waterfowl and other birds eat the seeds
  • Adapts to most soil types except dry ones
  • Thrives in wet conditions
  • Native
  • Easy to grow
  • Small white flowers in June
  • Winter interest
If attractive colorful wildlife is your goal, Buttonbush is one of those essential native plants that will make your yard a regular stop for colorful critters. This upright growing selection is easy to grow and tolerates the wettest of soils while producing glossy green foliage and memorable, teeny white flowers in June that group together to form 1 diameter balls on the end of 2 to 3 long stems. Bees and butterflies love the flowers and you'll love their unusual look even after they fade. Spent blooms form a hard, round ball that remains ornamental right through the winter. Seeds from these flowers are an excellent source of food for ground feeding birds. This is a perfect plant for partial shade or sun and makes a great backdrop for any natural garden.
Native
Native
Partial Sun
Partial Sun
Partial Shade
Partial Shade
Wet Soil/Wetlands
Wet Soil/Wetlands

Characteristics and Attributes