Buttonbush

 

Thickets of Buttonbush line our boardwalk through the marsh. Flourishing in full sunlight, where shrubs can grow to 12″ tall, Buttonbush will grow in semi-shade but with fewer flowers. Flowers grow in round pincushion clusters, about 1″ in diameter. Ball-like brown fruits filled with seeds stay on the plant through the late fall. Wildlife, including many species of waterfowl, eat the seeds while deer browse the leaves and twigs.

Latin Name: Cephalanthus Occidentalis