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Asclepias tuberosa

Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Weed

Lovely orange and yellow flowers in June and July, followed by small spindle-shaped seed pods which when ripe will open to release silky seeds to be dispersed in the wind. Butterfly Weed is an important plant for butterflies, the leaves are a food source for monarch butterfly caterpillars and the flowers are a nectar source for many butterflies.   Typically grows in clumps 1 to 3 feet tall, and is found in dry, rocky open woods, prairies, fields, and roadsides.  It must have a dry site and seeds readily given the right conditions.  This species does not have milky-sapped stems.  Asclepias tuberosa pairs well with other native plants such as asters, coneflowers and ornamental grasses.  Once established Butterfly Weed is very drought tolerant but difficult to transplant due to the large taproot.

Height

24 Inches

Spread

24 Inches

Bloom Color

Orange

USDA Hardiness Zone

3
Characteristics & Attributes
Attributes
Deer Resistant
Erosion Control
Green Roof Plants
Native
Rain Garden Plants
Straight Species - Native
Soil Conditions
Dry
Sandy
Bloom Time
Summer
Exposure
Sun
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Hummingbirds
Attracts Pollinators
Tolerance
Black Walnut Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Salt Tolerant
Foliage Color
Green
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