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. The tuber has medicinal properties.

Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Apocynaceae
Native Range: Eastern and southern United States
Zone: 3 to 9
Height: 1.00 to 2.50 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Bloom Time: June to August
Bloom Description: Yellow/orange
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Naturalize, Rain Garden
Flower: Showy
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil