Scarlet Butterfly Weed


According to Royer and Dickinson, “Plains tribes used this plant to treat burns, inflammations and general body pains.” (277)


This slender, 10–30 cm tall, flower is not very showy because the blossoms are small and open only one or two at a time. Also, it fully opens only at night. Typical of night blooming flowers, which are pollinated by moths, the protruding stamens are conspicuous and, in this plant, red-tipped. 

This plant is not currently in the garden, but we hope it is coming soon. 


  • Royer, France and Richard Dickinson. 2007. Plants of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing, AB.