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3 Seeking Info on Delightful "What's It?" Plant

Always on the look-out for interesting wildflowers and photographing same led me down a dirt road off Hwy. 35S one afternoon in early June. This trek offered up an amazing sight -- an absolute grove of flowering bushes the likes of which I've never seen. They were just spectacular, but seemingly an invasive type species. Having not been successful in finding out what they are led me to share these photos with WWN members to see if anyone knows. If I had to give them a "common" name, it would be Popcorn! Each blossom seems to go through stages and ends up resembling an exploding popcorn kernel. Nature offers up many exciting discoveries - even in or near our own back yards. Just "seek and you shall find" ~ See photo. Any information you can share will be greatly appreciated. - Jane



It's called Cephalanthus occidentalis :) --is a species of flowering plant in the coffee family, Rubiaceae, that is native to eastern and southern North America. Common names include Buttonbush, Common Buttonbush, Button-willow and Honey-bells. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cephalanthus_occidentalis


If you are interested in more information on Buttonbush, check out the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center page on it at http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=CEOC2


MANY THANKS, "Wonderful Women" Alicia and Ginger, for identifying these flowering bushes and providing links
for more info!

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