Scientific Name Pronounciation:
Plant Hardiness Zones:
6B through 8B
Plant Hardiness Zone(s):
8'-12' tall and about half as wide
Fragrant flower heads resemble white pincushions covered in tiny, tubular flowers with styles protruding beyond the corollas
Bloom Time Notes:
Leaves are deciduous, opposite or sometimes whorled in groups of 3 or 4, ovate to oblong, 2-6" long by 2-3" wide
Hard, round, reddish-brown seed capsules, each containing 4 nutlets, persisting from autumn through winter
Seeds are eaten by songbirds and waterfowl, particularly wood ducks. Flowers are an excellent nectar source for insects. Leaves may be toxic to livestock
Wetlands and floodplains
By seed. Also forms colonies by root sprouts.
Sun or Shade:
An obligate wetland plant, buttonbush can withstand prolonged submergence. It prefers a lot of sun and is a good choice for open wetland restorations sites.