The chocolate fragrance is best in the morning. Plant them in groups where you’ll be able to enjoy the scent all spring and summer. Each step in the progression of the flowers is attractive and the dried seedpods can be used in flower arrangements. Attracts butterflies and other beneficial insects. Plant in full sun to part shade.
Attracts butterflies all spring and sumer
Unique, dreamy chocolate fragrance
Important nectar source for native insects
Drought tolerant once established
Dried seed pods can be used in floral arrangements
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The type of flower a butterfly visits depends on the length of its tube-like tongue or proboscis. It needs to be able to reach all the way down to the nectar the plant is guarding thus making specific flowers vitally important to certain species.
If it starts to look a little leggy or tatered you can refresh it by cutting it back. That will promote new growth. While chocolate flower is hardy, gardeners in the Midwest, Northeast, or Northwest may have trouble overwintering this plant. If the soil stays too moist it could ead to root rot.