Butterfly weed produces loads of bright orange flower clusters from early summer into autumn. The bright flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. It is a host plant for Grey Hairstreak, Monarch and Queen butterflies. The dried seedpods are often used in dried flower arrangements. This is an essential plant if you want to attract a variety of butterflies to your property, especially Monarchs.
Bright flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies
Host plant for Grey Hairstreak, Monarch and Queen butterflies
Seedpods are often used in dried flower arrangements
Essential plant if you want to attract butterflies
Prefers moist, rocky soils, but will grow in dry situations too
Deer tend to leave this plant alone
Sandy soils and upland woods; New Hampshire to South Dakota south to Arizona, Mexico and Florida.