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.
Native to eastern U.S. From a perennial root, many herbaceous stems rise every year to form a clump about 3 ft. tall, 1 ft.wide. Clusters of bright orange flowers attract swarms of butterflies. All types make long-lasting cut flowers. Provide good drainage.
Gay Butterflies strain features yellow, red, orange, pink, or bicolored blossoms; ‘Hello Yellow’ has bright yellow blooms.
European native for rock gardens or naturalizing. In bulb and leaf, resembles small hyacinth, but 10-i...
Grows to 2 ft. tall. Smooth deep green leaves with yellow variegation have a spicy apple fragrance and...
Deciduous shrub, from northern China, Siberia, Korea, and Japan. Vigorous shrub with prickly stems and...