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Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa

A tough, drought-tolerant native with intense orange flowers in mid to late summer. Attracts many varieties of butterflies and is especially attractive to Monarchs. A beautiful solution for a dry sunny slope! Occurs in dry fields and roadsides in most of the US.

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 setting with Andropogon virginicusSchizachyrium scopariumEchinacea purpureaCoreopsis verticillata, and Solidago odora. - Mt. Cuba Center

  • Songbird Friendly
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Attracts: Bees, Butterflies
  • Resists: Deer
  • Native to North America

CHARACTERISTICS

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Height Category: Medium
  • Garden Height: 18 - 24 Inches
  • Spacing: 12 - 18 Inches
  • Spread: 24 Inches
  • Flower Colors: Orange
  • Flower Shade: Intense Orange
  • Foliage Colors: Green
  • Foliage Shade: Dark green
  • Habit: Upright
  • Container Role: Thriller

PLANT NEEDS

  • Light Requirement: Sun
  • Maintenance Category: Easy
  • Bloom Time: Late Summer
  • Hardiness Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Water Category: Dry, Average
  • Soil Fertility Requirement: Average Soil, Fertile Soil, Poor Soil
  • Soil PH Category: Acidic Soil, Alkaline Soil, Neutral Soil
  • Uses: Border Plant, Cut Flower, Mass Planting
  • Maintenance Notes: Best located in a sunny dry spot, but will tolerate average to moist garden soil as well.

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