Wednesday's Wildflower: Buttonbush
Submitted by Jean Evoy, a 30-year veteran of FNPS. She has been active in several chapters including Miami-Dade, Serenoa, and Mangrove.
|Dorantes skipper on buttonbush by Jean Evoy|
|Buttonbush by Jean Evoy|
In his book, Florida Ethnobotany, FNPS member Dan Austin noted that buttonbush was used by indigenous people to treat a variety of problems like dysentery, headaches, stomachaches, rheumatism and toothaches. However, by the late 1800s the plant had fallen out of favor, as people began to realize that some of the side effects were worse than the problem being treated. Later chemical assessments revealed that buttonbush contains toxic glucosides, volatile oils and tannins.
|Dahana moth on buttonbush by Jean Evoy|
USF Plant Atlas: Cephalanthus occidentalis
FNPS Native Plants for Your Area: Buttonbush
IRC: Common Buttonbush