Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Weed, Milkweed

A select few of these perennials and shrubs are grown as garden plants. Their brightly-colored, unusually shaped flowers attract butterflies and make excellent cut flowers. Blooms become large, pointed seed pods that are used in dried flower arrangements. Mature pods split open, exposing seeds tufted with silky hairs. Start by seed or root cuttings. Easy to grow in full sun.
Asclepias tuberosa, Butterfly Weed, Milkweed
A popular perennial with intense, waxy, or orange blossoms, Butterfly Weed needs well-drained, sandy, dry soils. Spring growth starts late, so do not water or disturb the dormant plant.

Attributes - Asclepias tuberosa

Plant Type: Perennial

Bloom Season: Early Summer through Late Summer

Flower Color: Orange

Foliage: Deciduous

Height: 2 ft. to 3 ft.

Width: 2 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun

Climate: Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates, Hot Climates. Cut Flowers, Drought Tolerant, Long Blooming, Low Maintenance. Susceptible to Black Spot, Rust.

Related Plants

Asclepias speciosa, Asclepias tuberosa 'Gay Butterflies'
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