Butterfly Milkweed, Orange Butterfly Weed, Pleurisy Root
Eastern US and Canada, west to Colorado and central Texas
- Central Texas
- Full Sun
- Part Sun/Shade
- Very Low
- Attracts Pollinators
About This Plant
Mostly sun; benefits from light afternoon shade. A deciduous perennial growing to a mound 1-3 feet in height. The showy, orange-hooded flowers appear during summer. As its name suggests, it attracts monarch butterflies. However, it’s used more as a nectar plant than a larval host — since it doesn’t contain milky sap, it doesn’t offer protection for monarchs’ caterpillars. Butterfly weed can be long-lived in well-drained sandy loam – i.e., in amended garden beds. It doesn’t appreciate heavy clay soils. Aphids tend to congregate on milkweed plants in the garden, but they provide food for ladybugs!
Aphids can be cleaned off by cutting back the stems or blasting the plant with soapy water.
2-3' H, 1-1.5' W
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Clay, Sandy, Well drained
Bees, Butterflies, Butterfly Larvae, Pollinators
July, August, September, October