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Asclepias tuberosa

Native Plants

Butterfly Weed

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Summary

Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a colorful, long-lived, drought-tolerant perennial. Large clusters of bright orange to yellow-orange flowers top clumps of erect, hairy 1-2’ tall stems with lance-shaped leaves. The seed pods, with their long silky hairs, can be used in dried flower arrangements. Butterfly weed prefers well-drained neutral to alkaline soils and full sun. Asclepiasspecies are the sole food source for Monarch butterfly larvae and are great nectar plants for other butterflies and insects as well. Butterfly weed works well in a meadow or a perennial garden setting with broomsedge bluestem (Andropogon virginicus), little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), whorled tickseed (Coreopsis verticillata), and sweet goldenrod (Solidago odora). Zones 3-9. 


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  • Plant Type
    perennial 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry 
  • Flowering Period
    early-summer, mid-summer
  • Soil PH
    adaptable 
  • Flower Color
    orange-salmon, yellow 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    brown, tan