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Cephalanthus occidentalis

Growing Information

Plant Type: Shrub
Sunlight: Full to part sun
Soils: Moist to wet soils. Tolerates standing water
Bloom Time: Mid-Summer
Size: up to 12 ft

Showy, pom-pom like flowers attract tons of butterflies and hummingbirds. Loves water. Makes an attractive hedge or accent shrub at the edge of a pond or in a marshy area. Flowers mature into button-like fruits filled with seeds which attract ducks and other water birds.

Garden Companions

Winterberry (Ilex verticillata); Blue Flag Iris (Iris versicolor); Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis); Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata); Highbush Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum)

Nature Benefits

• Provides nectar for native bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies
• Seeds are eaten by ducks and other waterfowl
• Larval host to several species of sphinx moth

Natural Habitat

Marshes, wet meadows, bogs, and pond edges

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