• 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