Butterfly Weed Characteristics
As indicated by the name, these perennials are highly attractive to butterflies. The nectar provides food for adult butterflies while caterpillars snack on the leaves. Dried seed pods are popular choice for dried indoor flower arrangements.
Butterfly Weed can grow well in poor and dry soils. New growth may not appear until late in the spring. Self seeding occurs when the spent flowers are not removed. Seeds root easily, but can take years to established and produce flowers. Once established, do not transplant as the root system is too deep to easily move.
Butterfly Weed tend to be insect and disease resistant. Crown and root rot can occur in poorly drained soils. Leaf spot and rust can occur.