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Buttonbush is a native shrub with extraordinary versatility and pollinator appeal. Plants produce eye-catching, fuzzy-looking spherical flower heads in late spring, attracting butterflies, bees, and the occasional hummingbird all summer. Round red fruits follow, attracting birds and providing fall and winter interest. Plants grow well in any soil type, and tolerate poor drainage and standing water, making them an ideal choice for water features, rain gardens, and boggy soil. (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
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Botanical Name
Cephalanthus occidentalis
Growing Zones
Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Native, Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Birds, Deer Resistant, Autumn Interest, Winter Interest
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height
4-8 ft tall
Bloom Time
Mid spring


Buttonbush is a native shrub recognized by the Xerxes Society for its value to honeybees as well as bumblebees and other native bees. The pincushion-like flowerheads are packed with tiny white tubular flowers that also attract butterflies, skippers, flower flies, and beneficial wasps. Over twenty species of birds feed on the seed heads, including both songbirds and waterfowl, as Buttonbush plants commonly grow in marshes, lakesides, and along creek edges. Their native range extends from New Brunswick to Quebec, south to Florida and Texas. In addition to waterside sites, Buttonbush is also found on prairie swales and limestone bluffs. Plants flower best with full sun to part shade. Plant this deer-resistant shrub with moisture-loving perennials like Joe Pye Weed, Common Boneset, and Swamp Milkweed.