The Plant Store will re-open for sales the week of May 13th, 2024 for local pickup

  • Please see the Using the Plant Library  page  for some tips on how to make the most of the information here to select species for creating a healthy native plant community suited to the conditions of your site.
  • I'm currently working on shifting the store part of this site over to more complex software that will allow for filtering by multiple plant traits and making wish lists of species you would like to order, so please bear with me when it comes to announcing the exact species offerings for 2024 (there will be lots, including some species not previously offered).

Cephalanthus occidentalis, Eastern Buttonbush

Cephalanthus occidentalis

Eastern Buttonbush

  • Shrub
  • Moderately to very wet soils. 
  • Full Sun to light shade
  • 4’ to 12’ tall 4’ to 8’ wide
  • Summer Blooms
  • Ontario Native, Thrives in wetlands and high moisture settings, especially shorelines. Will adapt to garden settings but is not drought tolerant

At their best where they receive consistent moisture, these showy shrubs thrive on shorelines and in areas where water collects during spring melt and after rain.

Their glossy foliage is a lovely backdrop to their spheres of blooms that are attractive to a wide range of pollinators. Their flowers are followed by round seed heads that are a fall and winter food source for migrating and shore birds

Grown from seed that was wild-gathered in the Ottawa area

Photos by BotBln, Jim Evans, Krzysztof Ziarnek and Agnieszka Kwiecień via Wikimedia Commons

Species that were not sown / aren't being sown for 2023 are marked with an * 
Species that are native to this continent, but not historically native to Ontario are marked with a ~ 
While it rarely comes up, I do reserve the right to limit plant quantities, mostly to help ensure that as many native plant gardens as possible become a reality