Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

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Asclepias tuberosa
Butterfly weed is a very striking native perennial and one of our most popular plants. It is difficult to transplant from the wild--especially when people dig it up while in full bloom. However, our nursery stock ( that we grow from seed) is easy to establish in your yard or flowerbed.

Milkweeds are host plants for the monarch butterfly, and butterfly weed seems to be the poster child for attracting monarchs to the landscape. While monarch caterpillars will devour the foliage, deer tend to avoid it because it is bitter and nasty.

It was important medicinally to native Americans and has been used to treat bronchitis, pleurisy, and other lung ailments.

Uses: butterflies, pollinators, showy flowers, host plant, medicinal
Bloom time: June & July

Height: 2 to 3 feet
Space: 1.5 to 2.5 feet

Sun: Full sun to light shade
Moisture: Average
5 Stars
Butterfly Weed
Beautiful orange flowers, will reseed if it likes its location. Full Sun, minimal watering, very hardy!
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Reviewed by:  from Old Monroe, Mo. on 4/7/2017
5 Stars
A personal favourite
This may very well be my favourite Missouri native plant
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Reviewed by:  from Fenton. on 9/3/2015

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