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A dwarf version of a popular native

Cephalanthus Magical® Moonlight

This U.S. native provides a tremendous source of nectar for hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators. Magical® Moonlight is a compact form, making it suitable for smaller garden spaces with larger than average fruits.

Buttonbush is a very adaptive native plant in most parts of the U.S. It's not just a pretty native, it also offers numerous environmental benefits. In late spring, hundreds of tiny tubular flowers are packed into showy flower heads. Butterflies and other insects find the intensely sweetly fragrant flowers irresistible. Later in summer, the flower heads mature into golf ball sized, round fruits, each containing enough nut-like seeds for waterfowl and other birds to feast upon.  This new selection adapts to many soils except dry ones and is great for planting around ponds and in naturalized, wet areas.  It thrives in bogs and wet environments.

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Who Am I?

  • Common Name

    Magical®️ Moonlight button bush
  • Botanical Name

    Cephalanthus occidentalis 'Kolmoon'
  • Type

  • US Native?

  • Bloom Time

  • Bloom Color

  • Fruit Time

  • Fruit Color


Cultural Details

  • Bloom Time

  • Size

    4' tall by 4-5' wide
  • Hardiness Zone

  • Light

    Part Sun - prefers afternoon shade
  • Soil

    Average garden soil, very adaptable
  • Moisture

    Prefers moist, organic soils, but is also very adaptable to drier habitats
  • Disease & Pests

    None known
  • Landscape Use

    Average to moist soils. Can take wet conditions.
  • Propagation


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