, also known as Indian Paintbrush, butterfly weed, or Pleurisy root, are part of the milkweed family, Asclepias
. These plants earn their nicknames through bright, clustered flowers and tendency to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
Most Popular Colors: Orange, yellow, violet, red.
Blooming Season: Summer.
Soil Preferences: Loamy, well-drained soil. Many varieties prefer soil amended with sand or hummus for drainage.
Climate Preferences: A Butterfly flowers require a period of cold to blossom, and prefer regions with seasonal weather changes.
Sun Exposure: Partial shade to full sun.
Landscaping Tips: Use these flowers to add color and bring butterflies to your yard! Monarchs are the plant's biggest fans, but many varieties of flutterers use these plants as a food source. Butterfly plants also make great cuttings and good patio plants. Many varieties are drought-tolerant and can be placed in your garden's drier spots.
Planting: Butterfly flowers can't compete with other surface-rooted plants, including some Trees & Shrubs, so don't plant them near overpowering plants. Plant the tubers vertically, 1 inch deep, spacing 15 to 18 inches apart. Top the tubers with light soil, amending your garden soil with compost or humus if necessary.
- Butterfly flowers grow quickly, with little maintenance required!
- These plants prefer drier conditions, so water lightly.
- Deadhead butterfly flowers after they are finished blooming to prolong blooming season.
Note: Butterfly plants are poisonous to some animals, so keep out these out of the way of pets.
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