Jul 22 2009
Here’s a plant worth going out of your way for: Button Bush or Cephalanthus occidentalis.
Button Bush is shrub that grows in sunny, wet places. It prefers to have its feet in or near water, so it’s found in swamps, along ponds and in wet stream beds.
The flower ball is fascinating up close. To me, it looks like a TV satellite but is actually many small flowers, each with a tall pistil that stands out far from the ball. When you take a close look you’ll notice another nice thing about the plant. The flowers are very fragrant.
If you decide to look for Button Bush, check near ponds and rivers. I found it pre-bloom next to the Youghiogeny River at Ohiopyle. Dianne Machesney found this one at Independence Marsh in Beaver County.
(photo by Dianne Machesney)