Butterfly "weed" is a victim of it's name, Using "weed" deters some people from choosing it. It is an excellent flower for all butterfly viewers but it dislikes having the roots disturbed when transplanting. This can make it a tricky one to get started, and don't overwater.
This plant always looks great, whether in bloom or not. The bloom time is long and the plants don't get leggy or fall over. It tends to self sow prolifically which can be a good thing or a problem depending on your situation. I enjoy it and look forward to its reappearance every year.
I grow the pink version of this plant. I have never seen the one pictured. I have grown the orange butterfly weed also, which is shorter than the pink. They are a must for all butterfly gardens. The pink one gets very tall and is impressive with a long flowering period.
This plant is a butterfly mecca. The color is fabulous and it's native. What more could you ask for? In my experience, however, it can be hard to find because growers may experience difficulties in cultivating plants and, once purchased, gardeners struggle to establish plants. It's worth the trouble, however, so perservere!
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