I’m running a Monarch caterpillar bed and breakfast. I’ve seen so many names for this plant. See what some have said below and I’ve seen the word Fur/Furr spelled both ways.
Darla at Family and Flowers has been on a Monarch adventure. She grew them inside from eggs to adult butterfly and blogged about it. Darla has photographed the different stages and written about it extensively so go check out her blog.
The blooms are interesting and beautiful. It has stayed in full bloom for months while producing more and more balls. I got the seeds from Thompson and Morgan. I planted them in the Spring and it’s such a big hit that I’ll do it again next year. They were directly sown in the beds.
The background for the above picture are caladiums. I’ve got red and white varieties growing in this bed. Furr Balls is a full sun plant but this bed gets good morning sun but is protected from our NC baking hot afternoon blazes. Anything grows back here from shade lovers to sun addicts. It’s the perfect light.
Also growing in this bed is Mexican Sage.
For a good read on another garden in NC that is following the Monarch migration,