Butterfly weed is a native plant that is late to emerge in the spring. Its fragrant, bright orange flower has a very long bloom time, with flat terminals of rounded clusters. Monarchs are especially drawn to this mid-summer bloomer. Also referred to as Milkweed, due to the sap produced. Thrives in difficult locations where soil is lean and dry. Most effective when planted in groups. Slow to break dormancy in spring.
Ornamental seed pods, after bloom, are also a nice attraction. You can see this plant at Millenium Park in Chicago.
Sear stems to seal the sap to use as cut flowers. This is a perfect meadow plant, restored grassland and prairies. Prefers well-drained, gravelly soil.