Butterfly weed, chigger flower, orange milkweed, and pleurisy root,
It is in the Apocynaceae, or dogbane, family.
Butterfly milkweed is a a perennial wildflower that grows to a height of around three feet. It generally grows upright, but may fall over and grow along the ground.
The leaves are alternate and can be linear, oblanceolate or arrowhead-shaped in shape. The margins are entire. Some may have short stems, but most are sessile. The leaves and stems are hairy.
The bright orange flowers appear in early summer and fall.
Butterfly milkweed grows in pinelands, sandhills, sunny open forests, dry fields and roadsides.
Butterfly milkweed is native to the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, and WV.
In the home landscape it grows in full sun to high shifting shade with average to dry, sandy soil. Keep watered until the plant becomes established. Once established they are drought tolerant and survive on natural rainfall.
The flowers are a source of nectar for many insects and the foliage is a host plant for monarch, soldier and queen butterflies.
Can be grown from seed. They do not transplant well and generally do not survive the attempt.