Annuals, Perennials, Flowers
Though some include the word “weed” in their common name, the plants listed here are anything but weeds—they’re showy, easy-to-grow garden plants. All bloom in summer, typically bearing many small, starlike flowers in broad, flattened clusters at or near the branch tips. Their inflated seedpods split open to reveal silky seeds and milky sap. Their nectar attracts butterflies.
Zones 8, 9, 12–24; H1, H2; all zones as annual. Native to South America. Woody-based plant with stiff stems and narrow 6-in. leaves; grows to 3 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide. Clusters of vivid red flowers. ‘Red Butterflies’ has bright orange-scarlet flowers. ‘Silky Gold’ is similar but bears bright yellow to yellow-orange blooms. Moderate water.
Native to Eurasia and North Africa. Slender, branching, hairy-stemmed plant to 3 ft. tall and 1 ft. wi...
Fast-growing, bushy plant from the Cape region of South Africa. Grows to 15 in. high and wide, with ve...
Brightly colored blooms look like small, spurred snapdragons (Antirrhinum). Medium green, ver...