1606 N 600 Rd, Baldwin City, 66006


Cephalanthus occidentalis

This deciduous shrub has an open, rounded habit. Common throughout the midwest, it can most frequently be found in wetland areas and ditches, swamps, river bottomland and stream/pond margins. Tiny, tubular, fragrant white flowers appear in dense, long-stalked bunches in early to mid-summer. Flowers have a distinctively pincushion-like appearance and are very attractive to bees and butterflies. Flowers mature into hard spherical ball-like fruits consisting of multiple tiny two-seeded nutlets that usually persist throughout the winter.

Attracts Tiger Swallowtail, Painted Lady, Silver-Spotted Skipper butterflies.