Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa

Asclepias tuberosa

Growzone: 3-9

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This Plants Growzone: 3-9
Growing Zone: 3-9
Mature Height: 18 to 24 inches 18 to 24 inches
Mature Width: 2 feet
Classification: Perennial
Sunlight: Full Sun
Habit: Upright, clump forming
Flower Color: Bright Orange
Flowering Season: Mid to late Summer
Foliage: Green
Soil Condition: Prefers dry, average to sandy soil, wont tolerate wet soil in winter
Water Requirements: Water well until established.
Uses: Extremely attractive when used as a focal point in the mixed border, mass planting. Attracts pollinators and hummingbirds.

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Planting Butterfly Weed flowers will increase your chances of attracting beautiful butterflies to your garden, especially Monarchs. Easy to care for, these low maintenance flowers are drought tolerant and need plenty of sunlight to thrive and look their best. Bring home the butterflies! Butterfly weed is heavily laden with nectar and pollen, making it particularly attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and beneficial insects. It is also the larval food source of the Monarch Butterfly. 


Full Description

Butterfly weed is a 2' tall herbaceous perennial that dies back in winter and re-sprouts from its underground tuber each spring. The brilliant orange or red flower clusters appear in midsummer. These are followed by attractive green pods that open to release silky "parachutes" to drift away on autumn winds. Butterfly weed is unique among milkweeds in that the sap is not milky and the leaves are not opposite. Many flowers have an inner whorl of petals, called the corolla, and an outer whorl of sepals, called the calyx. These are the showy, colorful parts of a typical flower. The milkweeds are special: they have a third whorl above the corolla called the corona. Butterfly weed is a trouble-free perennial that will come up year after year in the same place without crowding its neighbors. Plant butterfly weed in mixed borders, meadows and natural areas. Butterfly weed is slow to emerge in spring, so you may want to mark where they are. Butterfly weed 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. It is one of many Asclepias species, all of which are required food for monarch butterfly larvae. It is also a great nectar plant for other butterflies and insects. Butterfly weed works well in a meadow or a perennial garden


Planting Information

We suggest when planting your newly purchased Butterfly weed plants that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Butterfly weed does prefer drier soils in the winter so if there was ever a plant that we would recommend not adding topsoil or compost this is one.


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