So low maintenance in the sunny border, meadow, or cottage garden!

Butterfly Weed

Item # 49296
Buy 3+ at $8.95 ea
Buy 6+ at $7.95 ea

Bring in the Butterflies!

Orange Blossoms Arrive in Mid-Summer!
Simply one of the best American wildflowers for the sunny border, Butterfly Weed is bright, long-blooming, and very low maintenance. As its name suggests, it's a butterfly magnet -- the Monarch butterfly hatches on this plant, a truly unforgettable sight! -- but it also attracts hummingbirds and bees with its enticing nectar and bright orange color. Requiring almost no care from you, this is a plant that is nothing but beauty to admire. Find a place for it this season!

Also known as Butterfly Flower (but we prefer the down-home term "Weed," even though it's far more beautiful than any real weed in the garden!), this long-lived perennial thrives in full sunshine and just about any well-drained soil. Dry spells, poorly fertile soil, the occasional boggy patch -- no problem for this plant! Why can't all wildflowers be as beautiful as bright, hardy Butterfly Flower?

From mid- to late summer, big orange flowerheads burst into bloom above showy foliage. Butterfly Weed reaches 2 feet tall and about 3 feet wide, with a lush, rangy form that complements other plantings nicely. It doesn't mind heat or humidity, laughs at drought, and bounces back from rough winters. And the blooms are even suitable for cutting! There's nothing not to love about this native American treasure. Zones 3-9.

Item Form
3 - 9
Bloom Start To End
Mid Summer - Late Summer
Plant Height
18 in - 24 in
Plant Width
3 ft
Bloom Size
2 in - 4 in
Additional Characteristics
Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Free Bloomer, Hummingbird Lovers, Long Bloomers, Repeat Bloomer, Season Extenders
Bloom Color
Foliage Color
Medium Green
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Moisture Requirements
Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Humidity Tolerant, Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance
Clay, Normal,  loamy, Poor, Sandy
Border, Cut Flowers, Everlastings, Outdoor
*Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Which plants should I grow to repel insects?

Many of the herbs will repel insects. Pennyroyal repels fleas and other insects. Pyrethrum repels moths, flies, ants, mosquitoes, cockroaches, mites, and bedbugs. Mint repels flies, fleas, and ants. Lavender repels flies, silverfish, and fleas. Catnip can repel mosquitoes. Thyme repels insects. Lemon Grass repels mosquitoes. Basil repels flies and mosquitoes. Sage repels a variety of insects. Chrysanthemum, grown for its beautiful flowers and for the extraction of pyrethrin (an organic insecticide), repels flies, beetles, mosquitoes, roaches, lice, and fleas.

Which plants should I grow to repel rabbits and deer?

Planting garlic, onions, chives, lavender, rosemary, and sage around rabbit-susceptible plants will repel rabbits. Deer repellent plants include: lavender, onion, catnip, sage, chives, garlic, spearmint, and thyme. Be sure to strategically place these repellent plants around and in between rabbit and deer-susceptible plants. Also, place some along the property line and especially at key points the rabbits and deer are using as entryways, which can even deter them from coming onto your property.

Which of your plants offered are deer resistant?

Perennials that are deer resistant include: Asclepias, Aster, Baptisia, Coreopsis, Dianthus, Digitalis, Echinacea, Gaillardia, Heuchera, Hibiscus, Malva, Monarda, Oriental Poppy, Platycodon, Peony, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Sedum, and Tricyrtis. Shrubs include: Buddleia, Buxus, Cotoneaster, Daphne, Forsythia, Fothergilla, Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon), Potentilla, Spiraea, Syringa, and Viburnum. Vines include: Clematis, Honeysuckle, Campsis, Wisteria, and Climbing Hydrangea. Trees include: Acer (Maple), Cercis (Redbud), Corylus, Fagus (Beech), Magnolia, Ginkgo, Mulberry, Spruce, and Salix (Willow).