Pleurisy root is great in the garden, and is an ornamental perennial. It is also known as the butterfly weed, because it really attracts butterflies. It is beneficial to them both for nectar, and as a host plant for laying butterfly eggs. When the larvae emerge, they have something to eat, immediately.
There are a few colors, like orange, red, and pink. As the flowers fade, the seed pods emerge. The leaves have a fuzzy texture. These flowers are great for brightening up cottage and meadow gardens. They make good use as a border as well. They are hardy from zones 4-9, and will come back year after year.
Pleurisy root flowers look lovely as part of a bouquet of flowers as well.