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Cephalanthus occidentalis

Origin: Eastern and Southern US

Improvement status: Wild

Seeds per packet: ~150

Germination tested: 1/2021: 73%

Life cycle: Woody Perennial

Zones: 4-9

A prolifically blooming native shrub that grows upwards of 12’. Suitable for riparian, rain garden upland, as well as average garden soil conditions. It won't tolerate dry conditions. It's an insect magnet, and somewhat of a native replacement for Butterfly Bush. White pom-pom flowers enshroud the bush in late summer. The bark, and other parts of the shrub, have a variety of traditional uses in Native American herbalism, though it has seen less attention in contemporary plant medicine practices. 

12'hx4'w. Wet to Medium Soil. Full-Part Sun. White bloom June-Aug. 

These seeds were produced by our friends at Ernst Conservation Seeds in Meadville, PA.

Growing Tips: Spring seeding, no cold stratification required.