Answer to the Front Page Picture of the Week Question for June 28 - July 8, 2004
This is butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa.
It is one of the showiest of all the perennial milkweed species and is native
to the eastern two thirds of the U.S. Monarch butterflies are attracted to the
flowers and the leaves serve as food for Monarch caterpillars. It is also attractive
to bees and some birds. This perennial grows best in full sun and is hardy in
USDA zones 4 to 10. You can find butterfly weed
in the Fern Valley Native Plant Collection.