Buttonbush Plant Information
Buttonbush grows in the following 38 states:Arizona, Connecticut, District Of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia
Cephalanthus is a genus of flowering plants in the Rubiaceae family. There are about six species that are commonly known as buttonbush.
They are shrubs or small trees growing to 5-15m (16-49ft) tall. The leaves are simple, arranged in opposite pairs or whorls of three. The flowers form a dense globular inflorescence.
Cephalanthus occidentalis is native to the eastern United States and Canada. The others occur in tropical regions of the Americas, Africa and Asia. Two species are known in cultivation.
Cephalanthus was named by Linnaeus in Species Plantarum in 1753. The generic name is derived from the Ancient Greek words (kephalos), meaning "head", and (anthos), meaning "flower".
Cephalanthus is the most basal genus in the tribe Naucleeae. Some authors have segregated it into its own monotypic tribe. The type species is Cephalanthus occidentalis.
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