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South Carolina Native Plant Society


The South Carolina Native Plant Society is dedicated to preserving, protecting and restoring native plant communities in South Carolina. They have five chapters located throughout the state.



Society Newsletter

The current newsletter and journal are located below for both members and non members.

A Native of South Carolina

The Buttonbush, Cephalanthus occidentalis L.

The Buttonbush, Cephalanthus occidentalis L., is a species of flowering plant in the coffee family. This showy, fragrant flower is attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies and deer. It is found in eastern North America from Nova Scotia west to Minnesota and south to Florida and eastern Texas.

Recommended Reading

Historical Notes

William Bartram,1739-1823, was an American naturalist. He was also the son of naturalist John Bartram. He accompanied his father on his travels throughout the eastern United States. He became accomplished with his drawings of flora and fauna at a young age. His studies in the Carolinas are covered in his book Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, and east and west Florida.