|Zone:||3 - 9|
General: Upright, showy perennial with clusters of bright orange flowers on tall stems above the foliage all summer long. Blooms are a nectar source for butterflies and moths. Extracts from the roots act as an expectorant. Easy to grow, tolerates heat and humidity.
Medicinal Uses: Pleurisy root is used for coughs, swelling of the lining of the lungs, swelling of the air sacs in the lungs, swelling of the airways, influenza, and swine flu. It is also used to treat disorders of the uterus, muscle spasms, and pain; to loosen mucus so it can be coughed up; and to promote sweating.
Ornamental Uses: A plant with a hairy stem that are not milky when broken, clustered orange or yellow flowers sit atop the stems. It is commonly known as a butterfly weed because butterflies are attracted to the plant by its color and its copious production of nectar.