Where the butterfly-weed, like a coal of fire,
Blurs orange-red through bush and brier;
Where the pennyroyal and mint smell sweet,
And blackberries tangle the summer heat,
The old road leads; then crosses the creek,
Where the minnow dartles, a silvery streak;
Where the cows wade deep through the blue-eyed grass,
And the flickering dragonflies gleaming pass.
From "The Road Home" by Madison Cawein
With its striking, dark-orange flower clusters, highly attractive to butterflies, this beautiful wildflower is a popular choice for perennial borders. A crowd of butterflies can often be seen competing for its nectar. It is especially prized by the Monarch butterfly, whose larvae eat its leaves.
Although it is a member of the Milkweed family, its juice is watery, not milky.
To 3 feet