A showy orange milkweed with long lasting flowers which is a popular garden plant for attracting butterflies and bees. It is a widespread native in the Midwest, eastern US and Southwest. Unique in its orange flowers and clear sap.
Milkweed fibers have been used by Native Americans in textiles, rope, fabric, yarn and cloth. Butterfly milkweed contains cardiac glycosides, which are toxic to people as well as cattle, so do not ingest milkweed! Monarch butterflies rely on milkweed plants for their caterpillars. The caterpillars ingest the toxins from the milkweed plants and use it as a defense mechanism against predators. Monarch butterflies do not taste good to predators!