1/2" salmon pink blooms adorn the long spike-like bloom stems from spring to frost. The flowers are filled with nectar from before dusk until nearly dark making this a favorite of butterflies and hummingbirds alike! Coral Porterweed is a vigorous grower making it a good choice for the back of the border. It is also known as Pink Porterweed, Orange Porterweed, Pink Snakeweed.
The far right image showing the Ruby Throat Hummingbird taking a breather, or is she really guarding her stock of nectar?, was taken and kindly shared with us by Susan Whitney.
Porterweeds are likely the number one favorite nectar plant for butterfly gardeners and surely for the butterflies themselves. I would be surprised to find a plant that produces a more continuous supply of nectar rich flowers from summer to frost, even most Lantana has to catch its breath from time to time during the heat of summer. This is one of the few plants that you will find consistently at nearly every butterfly conservatory. In zone 8B we find that the larger growing Porterweeds, like Lavender, Coral, and Purple, may return from the roots in late spring if well mulched. In zone 10 it is likely to be a reliable perennial if not evergreen. Porterweed is known to reseed particularly in mild winter climates.
Grows To: 6'H x 4'W
USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10,11
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Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Fertilizing: Spring-frost or year round in warm, frost free conditions.
Pruning: Not needed except to remove spent flower stems though it's not required, pinch to improve branching.
Native To / Origin: American Tropics
See our Planting A New Plant, How To, and General Growing Guide for basic planting, potting, and watering instructions
Container Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml