Garden Closed

The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is temporarily closed to the public to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19 coronavirus.

Whenever possible, the USBG will reschedule public programs and events originally scheduled during the closure period. Please monitor the USBG website for updates to operating status. Many resources can still be accessed online, including educational worksheets and manuals, fact sheets and more, and some of our programs will also be made available online. Find online resources at www.USBG.gov/AtHome

Butterfly Garden

Yellow coneflower

This yellow coneflower, native west of the Mississippi River from Missouri down to Texas, is easy to grow in most well drained garden sites. It typically reblooms with out deadheading, although will self-seed when spent flowers are left in place. The erect seed heads are attractive and prove inviting to goldfinches and other birds throughout the winter.

Balloon plant

This native southeast African plant is a wonderful butterfly plant. Its clusters of white flowers are insigificant but the light green balloon-like seed pods make it a great plant for a border and as a cut flower. It can be an agressive self seeder so care should be taken. It is most commonly sold as Asclepias physocarpus.