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Like its perennial cousin butterflyweed, bloodflower is one of the best plants to attract butterflies. Monarch larvae love to feast on the leaves, and other butterflies that sip its nectar. A drought-tolerant plant, it's also called Indian root and swallow-wort. It's perfect for planting in sunny naturalistic or wildlife gardens. In midsummer, it covers itself with gorgeous flowers in oranges, reds, and yellows on tall stems. Plant it in spring after all danger of frost has passed. Be careful of the milky sap, which can irritate skin. While it's grown as an annual in most areas, it is a perennial in the tropics.
Blood flower looks great with cleome's exotic blooms, especially the white-flowering cleome.Salvia
Combine blood flower with blue salvia for an easy-care, high impact planting.Zinnia
If you're making a butterfly garden, colorful zinnias and bright blood flower are a must-grow pairing that look great.