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The Buttonbush ( Cephalanthus occidentalis) is an unusual shrub with curious white pincushion flowers. It is found in the wild all over the United States, usually in swamps and moist areas.  Growing up in rural Alabama, I remember seeing it in the woods behind our house.  It doesn't garner much attention until the blooms make their appearance.  Sources vary on the size of the plant. In the wild, it can get to 20 feet but in gardens, most likely under 12 ft. In my garden, it is about 4 feet tall after five years in the ground. It is located along the back fence in an area that doesn't get much supplemental water although I am working on the area and watering more often this year. The flowers have a slight honey-like fragrance. Bees love this plant! Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

Wednesday Vignette:

I am loving the colors on the Monterey Cypress. This is Cupressus macrocarpa 'Wilma Goldcrest' that I purchased at Xera last spring. It was tiny when I bought it and has grown quite a bit although it is still very small.

Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum. 

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. Practically on fire! Beautiful!

  2. Oh yes! It's looking wonderfully fiery! Good shot.

  3. Those are fabulous colors! I assume it goes all green in the summertime?

  4. This is a yummy color. It looks so warm.

  5. It's a lovely specimen and I was impressed to learn that it's also lemon-scented. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that it would find my area of SoCal hospitable.

  6. Beautiful blend of colors that reminds me of an Aloe. There are some with the foliage that shade of green.

  7. Wilma got some nice things named after her.


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