The perennial Butterfly
Weed, as the name implies, is very attractive to Butterflies. It is a member
of the Milkweed family which attract many Butterflies and Nectar-seeking
Bees and Insects, and also host the Larvae of the Monarch Butterfly.
They may grow wild in your area,
but dismiss any thought of transplanting it to your Garden. The tap root
of a blooming plant is so deep as to make relocation practically impossible,
and any injury to the root system seems to mandate its demise.
However, many catalogs list the
Seed so the Plants can be added to your landscape to add their own beauty,
and that of the visiting Butterflies. The Insert on the right shows the
green Seed Pods which contain Seeds and their parachutic fluff similar
to that of the Comon Milkweed.
Butterfly Weeds seem to
prefer soils with minimal moisture and nutrients. So find a well-drained
location where not much seems to grow - like on a sunny Shale bank where
they will send down their Tap Root to eke out their meager essentials.