• Asclepias tuberosa - Butterfly Weed


    Butterfly weed is a highly desirable native perennial that is a must for the rain garden or pollinator garden. Forming a shrub like appearance, beautiful orange flowers will cover the plant and be covered with bumblebees and butterflies. As part of the milkweed family, it is the host plant for the Monarch Butterfly larvae (see image above), so keep your eye out for the caterpillar and don't remove them! Sending down a deep taproot makes this plant drought tolerant, so be sure to plant it where it won't be moved. Plant with swamp milkweed to keep the bloom period continuing. 

    Type: Perennial
    Hardiness range: 3A - 9A
    Height: 18" to 30" / 45cm to 75cm
    Spread: 12" to 36" / 30cm to 90cm
    Growth rate: Average
    Exposure: Partial shade or partial sun to full sun
    Persistence: Deciduous
    Bloom color: Orange, red, yellow
    Bloom season: Early Summer to Early Fall
    Bloom attributes: Attracts butterflies, suitable for cut flowers, suitable for dried flowers
    Leaf color: Green
    Fruit color: n/a
    Water requirements: Dry to moist
    Soil pH requirements: Acidic, neutral
    Soil type: Sandy, clay, loamy
    Native habitat: Eastern and central North America.
    Form: Upright or erect
    Landscape uses: Border, container, foundation, massing, rock garden, seashore, specimen
    Attributes and features: Attractive foilage, native to North America, naturalizing