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What happens to buttonbush globes

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Yesterday you saw a picture of a buttonbush, Cephalanthus occidentalis, getting a visit from a colorful moth. Now it’s time to show you that after the plant’s creamy white, wonderfully fragrant flower globes go to seed and begin drying out, they take on a rich color. Who could have predicted that the residual seed cores would turn red? Not I, but that’s what happens. (It’s also common, but not so pretty, for the bush’s leaves to develop the type of brown patches you see here.) This photograph is from August 31, 2011, at Brushy Creek Lake Park in the Austin suburb of Cedar Park.

Buttonbush grows over large parts of North America, as you can confirm on the state-clickable map at the USDA website.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 5, 2012 at 6:03 AM

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