Butterfly Weed, Orange
A milkweed species, butterfly weed is a wise choice for gardens as it is abundant in nectar which makes it a great food source for pollinators. I love my orange butterfly weed in floral arrangements as it beautifully complements the many purples and blues of spring and summer. The seed pods look a bit like okra, and if left to dry on the plant will eventually “pop” and seeds will float away. I like to pick the pods late in the season, overwinter them in mason jars in a cool dark location then pop them myself the next spring.