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Buttonbush Flowering

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At this time of year Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) is studded with one-inch diameter white or pale pink globular flowerheads. Each “button” consists of many individual flowers, each of which has an extended pistil, giving the flowerhead a starburst appearance, and a striking resemblance to a pin cushion. Bees, hummingbirds and butterflies all flock to this bountiful nectar provider. Once seeds have formed, waterfowl and shorebirds feed on them.   Often found near swamps and wetlands, Buttonbush’s mid-summer flowering period lasts for about a month.

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3 responses

  1. Alice Pratt

    What a fun and attractive plant to have/see….especially if it is so frequented by pollinators.

    August 10, 2017 at 8:14 am

  2. Butttonbush was a favorite food of mastodons in Florida. It was the 2nd most common item found in mastodon coprolites excavated from the Aucilla River.

    August 12, 2017 at 8:50 am

    • Fascinating. I can’t even imagine how you know that fact!

      August 12, 2017 at 11:13 am

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