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Brightly colored butterfly weed is a butterfly magnet, attracting many kinds of butterflies to its colorful blooms. Monarch butterfly larvae feed on its leaves but seldom harm this native plant. It is slow to emerge in the spring, so mark its location to avoid accidental digging before new growth starts. If you don't want it to spread, deadhead faded blooms before seedpods mature. It is sometimes called milkweed because it produces a milky sap when cut.
Blue-flowered catmint complements any of the colors of butterfly weed or milkweed. Its silvery-gray foliage creates a nice base for butterfly weed, which sometimes loses its lower leaves.Coreopsis
Bright gold coreopsis coordinates beautifully with butterfly weed. The two make a stunning combination in the sunny border.Fountaingrass
The mounded sprays of fountaingrass echo the arching form of butterfly weed flower clusters. The airiness of fountaingrass also softens the somewhat coarse texture of butterfly weed.