Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Barbara's Buttons (Marshallia obovata)
    Aster Family

    Barbara’s Buttons makes a delightful addition to any sunny garden. Bright white blooms in late spring are held just a few inches above long, narrow, evergreen leaves. Flowers open up slowly beginning from the outer edges, working inwards, contributing to their eye-pleasing nature. Naturally found on dry woodland borders and roadsides, this plant will perform best in full sun in average to dry soils. Works well with Mouse-eared Tickseed, Gray Beardtongue, Eastern Columbine, Southern Sundrops, and Butterfly Milkweed. Its small and non-aggressive nature can leave it vulnerable to competition from bigger and more aggressive plants.

    Blooms: White, 3-4 weeks, May-June
    Leaves: Simple, lanceolate, evergreen roseate 
    Height: 1-2’
    Space: 1’
    Soil: Average-Dry
    Exposure:  Full sun-Part sun
    Fauna: Bees, butterflies, seeds for birds
    Seeds: Small, brown, angled nutlets tucked tightly into the flowering head
    Deer Resistance: Low
    Zone: 7-8
    Native Status: NC Native, common in the Piedmont
    Provenance: North Carolina ecotype, seed grown