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Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Weed

Asclepias tuberosa, Butterfly Weed

Cat# 1019 Butterfly Weed has striking brilliant orange flowers which color our fields in early to mid summer. The flower clusters may be up to 11/2 feet wide, and established plants may form clumps 3 feet wide and 2 feet tall. This perennial does best in full sun and a dry, well-drained location. It would make a good accent plant in a dry spot in the perennial border, natural area, or meadow. Butterfly Weed with its long tap root resents being moved and it is late to break dormancy; so give it a permanent spot and be patient in the spring. Butterfly Weed flowers are excellent as fresh cut flowers. And of course, they are magnets for butterflies.

$8.95 each Qty:
Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Availability? late March

Average Rating: 4.50 out of 5 (2 users) Review This Plant!

- This plant is a real bumblebee attractor. I actually rarely see any butterflies drinking its nectar (and I have several all over my yard). During a normal year, though, the monarch caterpillars show up on it in late summer for me here in NC. It's a great native plant!
- One of best for bright orange flowers. It comes up a little later in spring so mark where you have it so you won't plant something else in it's place. It's blooms are loved by the monarch butterfly and others too. Then later, after the seed pods have formed, the monarch eggs hatch and the caterpillars eat the leaves on the plant. Don't worry, the loss of some leaves won't harm the plant. Watch carefully for the caterpillars to form a crysalis and then see the monarch butterfly hatch. The plants grows a little wider every year and are very long-lived. They prefer good drainage and don't like being crowded.