Buttonbush Seeds Maturing
During the summer, Buttonbush’s one-and-a-half-inch-diameter, white flower balls can be spotted along shorelines and in wetlands. The fragrance of this shrub’s flowers attracts many pollinators, especially bumblebees and butterflies (their tongues are long enough to reach the deep nectaries). After pollination, the 200-plus flowers on each head of this member of the Coffee family produce small nutlets that are dispersed by water and consumed by waterfowl (particularly surface-feeding dabbling ducks), American Bitterns, rails and Northern Bobwhites. (photo: buttonbush seed head)
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This entry was posted on September 18, 2015 by Mary Holland. It was filed under American Bittern, Buttonbush, Flowering Plants, Northern Bobwhite, September, Shrubs, Waterfowl and was tagged with Cephalanthus occidentalis, Coffee family.