What Is a Butterfly Weed?


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The butterfly weed is a brightly-colored plant that gets its name from the fact that it attracts butterflies. A popular butterfly to be attracted to the plant is the monarch, which feeds on the leaves of the plant.

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Butterfly weed begins growing slowly in the spring and needs to be planted well before the growth season in a location where it gets plenty of sun and has enough room to grow. It reaches about 2 to 3 feet in width and 1 to 8 feet in height. This perennial grows in many bright colors, including white, red, orange and pink. It has a gold-like foliage color and a summer bloom. It is ideal in places without a lot of rainfall as it is drought-tolerant. It also attracts birds.

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