Cephalanthus occidentalis is a species of flowering plant in the coffee family, Rubiaceae, that is native to eastern and southern North America. It grows 3 - 10 feet as a woody shrub and prefers moist soil and will even tolerate standing water. It's showy flowers are fragrant and attract butterflies. Tolerates full sun to shade. I have planted three in a low-lying area of our yard where rain collects.
This is the first in a series on plants native to our area. If you have a favorite native plant, please email us a photo and brief description..