Cultural notes: Native Americans used the roots, leaves, and branches for a variety of medicinal purposes. Crushed leaves are purported to repel mosquitos.
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.
- SCIENTIFIC NAME: Asimina parviflora
- PLANT TYPE: Shrub
- SCIENTIFIC NAME PRONUNCIATION: (a-SEE-mee-nuh par-VEE-flor-uh)
- TAGS: Plant Tags: edible and host plant. Plant Types: Shrub.
Partial shade to sun; needs moist, well-drained soil; must have more than one plant for fruit to develop (cross-pollination). Edible fruit; larval food plant of zebra swallowtail butterfly. Other Common Names: Smallflower Pawpaw, Small-Fruited Pawpaw, Small Custard-Apple, Custard-Banana