Butterfly Weed is an attractive milkweed that can be used as a cut flower. The flowers are a nectar source for many insects and the leaves are a food source for monarch butterfly caterpillars.
Mature plants may freely self-seed in the landscape if seed pods are not removed prior to splitting open. Butterfly weed can be late to emerge in the spring. You can remove spent flowers to encourage rebloom.
Butterfly weed does not like clay soil.
Gay Butterflies – 28″, A mix containing shades of yellow, orange and red.
Hello Yellow – 24″, Strong bright yellow, a rare form of the popular American species. Choice perennial, blooms first year.
Butterfly Weed – USDA Plant Fact Sheet
Butterfly Weed – Missouri Botanical Garden
Butterfly Weed – Maryland Biodiversity Project
Recommended for Wildlife by
Creating a Wild Backyard – Hummingbirds, Butterflies & Bees – Maryland DNR
Top Nectar Plants, Piedmont (Central Maryland) by North American Butterfly Association
Butterflies of Maryland: A biological summary and checklist by Maryland DNR
For the Birds, Butterflies & Hummingbirds: Creating Inviting Habitats – Virginia Extension