Flower of the Day: Buttonbush

Cephalanthus occidentalis; Rubiaceae (madder family)


The flower show is really slowing now.  I’m lucky to see one new thing every three days.  Was quite happy to have stumbled upon this shrub in an area I don’t like exploring (mostly weedy, lots of invasives, lots of poison ivy).

Buttonbush grows in wetalnds across eastern North America and some parts of the West. It can reach 12 feet in height, has long-lasting blossoms, and seeds that are a valuable food source for wildlife.

Once again I’m left to wonder why we don’t see more interesting native plants in cultivation.