My favorite plant is Asclepias tuberosa or butterfly milkweed, also, I love the color orange. I’m not sure which of these loves came first, or if one caused the other. I just remember really loving butterfly milkweed for as long I can remember. It is vivid and undaunted on the hottest summer days. Also, to quote a friend who is a horticulturist/garden designer, “Orange is a neutral color!” To that, I say YES! Gardens should be full of orange flowers, especially butterfly milkweed flowers.
My love for butterfly milkweed is problematic though, they are not easy plants to grow. Most difficult plants I just write-off as being too finicky for the difficult climate in which I live but butterfly milkweed is native, so I should be able to grow them! AHHHHHH! Anyway, after many fits and starts (killing many plants in the process) I’ve successfully kept ONE plant alive for three years. It gets a little bigger every year, so very slowly, and I haven’t stopped holding my breath. Here it is in various stages of bloom: