Button Bush Live Stakes - Cephalanthus occidentalis
These multi-stemmed plants grow naturally in North American wetlands and near swamps, lakes, streams, and ponds. The buttonbush produces beautiful one-inch flowers that look like white buttons with small, fuzzy hairs growing around them. Hummingbirds are mainly drawn to the sweet nectar of buttonbush flowers, which bloom June steadily through August. These petite-looking plants have a full shape and unique two-inch leaves. The buttonbush attracts deer who enjoy feasting upon its fresh leaves as well as waterfowl who not only eat the foliage but use it for nest-building material. As perennials, the buttonbush sets a thick base and sturdy roots that are excellent for preventing soil erosion and contributing to the area's ecological needs. Brown seeds travel by wind and water for reproduction. The buttonbush is natural to grow, simple to maintain and successfully resists pests. Homeowners can use these plants as an excellent fencing solution on dry land. They can also be planted around ponds and can grow in water two feet deep. Fish and aquatic life enjoy these plants as well. Those who raise bees will also find the buttonbush as an abundant source of nectar for their honey-producing insects. As a classic garden shrub and decorative lawn ornament, the buttonbush live stake is a great way to fill open landscapes with color quickly.