Full to part sun
Mid summer on - long blooming
Any well-drained soil. Drought tolerant.
18 to 30 inches
Brilliant orange - attracts butterflies
Hardy native - zone 3 to 4
Specimen, cutting, butterfly gardens
Do not move or divide once established. Very slow to show in the spring - mark in the fall. Food source for Monarch caterpillars. Beautiful color!
As the name implies, this is a wonderful species for attracting butterflies. Monarchs are particularly fond of it. This is a native wildflower that is very hardy and long lived provided it has full sun and well-drained soil. It is also very wind tolerant. Brilliant orange-red clusters of flowers appear from midsummer atop 18 to 24 inch bushy plants. They make excellent cut flowers. Cutting back spent flowers will prolong bloom.