“It is through geometry that one purifies the eye of the soul.” Plato
Nature, the ultimate artist, loves dazzling us with shapes and arrangements of staggering beauty,
Reminiscent of an Alexander Calder mobile, button bush in winter shares his artistic vision because, he said, “I paint with shapes,” and, in endless variety and beauty, nature does so endlessly.
This button bush thrives right along the shoreline at Frances Slocum, the only one of its kind I’ve found in the entire park, despite scouring every inch of soggy, swamp shoreline.
Pretty and useful. Native Americans used buttonbush in the treatment of kidney stones, sore eyes, rheumatism, headache, fever, bleeding and toothache.
|Scientific name of buttonbush is Cephalanthus. Name originates from two Greek words: “kephalos”, which means “head”, and “anthos”, which means “flower”, and it refers to the unusual, roundish shape of the flower heads.|
|Wood ducks, mallard ducks and geese like to eat seed of buttonbush. Twigs and leaves of buttonbush are important source of food for white-tailed deer.|
|Even though buttonbush represents valuable source of food for the wildlife, entire plant contains substances that can induce intoxication of cattle and humans.|
|Many songbirds build nest among dense branches of buttonbush. This plant also provides shelter for frogs, salamanders and insects.|
|Native Americans used inner bark of buttonbush to induce vomiting and cleansing of the body. Buttonbush was also used in treatment of kidney stones, sore eyes, rheumatism, headache, fever, bleeding, muscle inflammation and toothache.|