Caption: Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) is a native wetland shrub that is blooming on Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. The white spherical flowers are visited by a wide variety of pollinating insects. The seeds are eaten by waterfowl. Deer browse the foliage. Buttonbush tolerates shallow flooding and is often seen with bald cypress and water tupelo trees.
Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is one of six national wildlife refuges in the Coastal North Carolina National Wildlife Refuges Complex. Pocosin Lakes Visitor Center, located in Columbia, NC, is open 9am to 4pm whenever volunteer staffing is available.