Asclepias tuberosa

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  • Common Name: Butterfly Weed
  • Plant Story:

    2017 Perennial Plant of the Year. A punch of intense tangerine orange invites droves of butterflies. A butterfly host plant for Monarchs in particular; butterflies also cherish its lavish flower clusters filled with scrumptious nectar.

  • Type: Perennial Herbaceous
  • Bloom Season: Summer
  • Flower Color: Yellow
  • Planting Zone: 3-9
  • Height: 1-2.5ft
  • Spread: 1-1.5 ft
  • Light Requirements:Full Sun
  • Suggested Uses: Butterfly garden, meadow,prairies, native plant
  • Leaf: Lance shaped green leaves
  • Edible: NO
  • Attracts to: Butterflies,
  • Plant Deer Resistant:Yes
  • Plant Potential Pests:No serious problems
  • Is NativeEastern and Southern United States
  • Form: Groundcover
  • Special Care Instructions:

    Self seeds if green seed pods are not removed. Drought tolerant. Does well in poor, dry soil.

Butterfly Weed - Additional Photos