Type: Deciduous shrub
Spread: 4-8 feet
Native Range: North America, common throughout Missouri
Soil: all but dry soil
Water: Medium to wet
Sunlight needs: full sun to part shade
Tolerates: erosion, wet soils
Landscape use: rain garden
Brief Description: Buttonbush is a somewhat coarse, deciduous shrub with an open-rounded habit. Long, projecting styles give the flower heads a distinctively pincushion-like appearance. They appear in mid-summerFlower heads are very attractive to bees and butterflies. Flower heads mature into hard spherical ball-like fruits consisting of multiple tiny two-seeded nutlets. Fruiting heads usually persist throughout the winter. Leaves emerge late in spring (May). Genus’ name comes from the Greek words cephalo (head) and anthos (flower).
Wildlife Benefits: Attracts butterflies
Possible Problems: No serious insect or disease problems.
Stand out Features: Fragrant flowers are very attractive to bees and butterflies.
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