Does anyone know this flower?

It's the orange bloom and the pods are 2 - 2 1/2 inches long. Seeds inside pod are tear drop shaped and have silky tails
does anyone know this flower, flowers, gardening
does anyone know this flower, flowers, gardening
  15 answers
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Aug 25, 2013
    Rhonda is exactly right.

  • Angela Willis Angela Willis on Aug 25, 2013
    Thanks Rhonda and Douglas, that is the plant.

  • Debbie Patterson Debbie Patterson on Aug 26, 2013
    Yep, they are correct @Angela Willis. I have the Butterfly Weed in my garden.

  • Awildrose60 Awildrose60 on Aug 26, 2013
    Exactly...they attract Monarch butterflies, in the form of the caterpillars, which eventually become Monarchs.

  • Kari Samuel Kari Samuel on Aug 26, 2013
    is it related to the common milkweed? the seed pods are so similar!

  • Jean Jean on Aug 26, 2013
    Looks like butterfly weed - Asclepias tuberosa. Wiki says it is in the milkweed family

  • Awildrose60 Awildrose60 on Aug 27, 2013
    The caterpillars keep stripping mine down to the ground but I have yet to see any butterflies from them! Someone must be spraying insecticide that is killing them off...not in my yard though!

  • Elaine Wutke Elaine Wutke on Aug 29, 2013
    they are right, I have them in my yard. I have butterflies around, but I have other flowers they like also.

  • Terri Nesbitt Terri Nesbitt on Sep 08, 2013
    I watched and guarded one of these all summer so I could get the seeds. Went away for a week on vacation and came back to find the guy who house sat for us weedeated it down. :( Awildrose60, I have been told that they particularly attract the larvae of Monarch butterflies, and that the caterpillars eat the foliage then make their crysalis nearby. Keep watching, you may have butterflies yet.

  • Terri Nesbitt Terri Nesbitt on Sep 08, 2013
    And Kari, yes it is a milkweed.

  • TJ TJ on Sep 08, 2013
    Every summer, we have 4 - 5 asclepias in many of our gardens; All but one are native to our area and were here over 20 years. If your interested, I can post pictures and some information on them. @Terri Nesbitt if you would like some Asclepias tuberosa seeds, I think I can get some for you. The A. incarnata native swamp milkweed is near to popping its pods.

  • Terri Nesbitt Terri Nesbitt on Sep 08, 2013
    O my gosh, that would be great. I was so disappointed. I have spotted some others along the roadsides, but finding them once their blooms are gone is hard for me to know one from another.

  • Seeds everywhere - so remove the pods before they open if you want to control it. Great for Monarchs and for lengthy flowering.

  • TJ TJ on Sep 09, 2013
    @Terri Nesbitt I tried to message you but we have to be following each other. I don't think Asclepias tuberosa likes to be transplanted as people who have tried to transplant some from my property have told me. I have never planted them, they have just always been here and very reliably pop up every year. I love them and so do butterflies, bees, dragon flies, and some birds.

  • Terri Nesbitt Terri Nesbitt on Sep 12, 2013
    TJ I was told they were very difficult to transplant, but very easy to grow from seed. That was why I was watching mine for the seed pod to form. It was just about ready to, when our "temporary gardener" cut it down. :( I am following you now.