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Cephalanthus occidentalis

An unusual plant to delight you and your local wildlife from spring to autumn.

Clusters of scented, fuzzy, creamy-white, globe-like flowers are produced in summer, maturing into golden-brown, ball-like fruits in autumn. Handsome glossy green foliage with red veins turns bronze in autumn. Attractive to butterflies and bees. Prefers damp feet in sun or part shade. Height & spread 1.8m (6’). Fully hardy perennial.
Flower Colour
Cream, White

Type of garden
Cottage Garden, Small Gardens, Wildlife Garden

Fully hardy perennial


Bees and Butterflies, Flowers For Cutting/Drying, Foliage/Stem/Fruit Interest, Moist Soil

Flowering Time

Sun or Partial Shade

180cm (72")

1.8m (72")



deep fertile


Full sun with protection in exposed sites


Summer Flowering

Additional Information

Cephalanthus are incredibly easy to maintain and care for, making them the perfect plant for those with limited time. They do not like to be fussed over and are resilient to conditions and soil types. It is not a necessity to prune Cephalanthus, although if it starts to look untidy you can cut it down to ground level during the early spring. The flowers are 2-3.5 cm in diameter. It is toxic due to the presence of cephalathin so handle with care.

Delivery Date: 11 Jan 2019 (+/- 14days)
Plant Hardiness

How hardy are our plants?

All our plants have a guideline temperature for how well they will tolerate winter cold.

Fully hardy perennials will withstand temperatures down to -15 °C (5°F) and often lower.
Hardy perennials are happy down to at least -5°C (23°F)
Half hardy perennials can withstand down to around 0°C (32°F)
And Tender perennials may be damaged by temperatures below 5°C (41°F)

Please remember that temperatures can vary significantly within quite a small area, and hardiness can be affected by soil, position and other factors.
If in doubt please give us a call.

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"Thank you ladies for your beautiful plants.
Praise also, for the Bulrush Compost, of which I have purchased 8 bags during the past six months. It is superb and my garden has flourished.
Bless you,
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