Butterfly Weed kicks off summer with a bang. When the weather starts to heat up, the show begins—masses of cheerful, tangerine-orange blossoms open in starry sprays. The blooms will attract monarchs, fritillaries, and other lovely butterflies into your yard, so plant this flower near your favorite summer sitting area, and you’ll be able to watch them flit from flower to flower while you relax on your deck, porch, or patio. When the blooms fade, a quick trim will encourage new flowers to form. Otherwise, the familiar milkweed “parachutes” will form. A must for the wildflower garden, but perfectly at home in the mixed border, too.
Growing Instructions: These species grow in a wide range of soil types, including clay. They don't need mulching (except in very hot climates). These are moisture-loving perennials and do well in wet to moderately moist soil conditions. They like compost enriched soils at planting time.