Cephalanthus occidentalis

Other pictures of this plant:

               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Buttonbush, Common Buttonbush, Button Willow
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 10
    Type: Shrub
    Bloom Time: May - July
    Status: Native

Cephalanthus occidentalis, or Buttonbush, is native to most of the United States, except parts of the Western US. It is a perennial shrub, which grows in moist areas, like ditches, swamps, moist woodlands and woodland edges. It blooms in late spring or early summer with balls of white flowers.

The flower on this is not like very many other shrubs and can be easily distinguished. Additionally, the large ball-shaped seed pod is on the plant much of the season and also aids in identification when not in bloom.

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