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
The PERFECT Native Plant
This might just be the perfect native plant. Started from seed in June and it bloomed a few flowers that year. The second year it was loaded with blooms from mid-May through the start of September. Had the Monarch caterpillars not eaten all the buds it would have been blooming profusely through mid-September. The flowers may be the best feature of the plant. Not only is it hard to find orange blooms in a native plant but even better once the flower is dead it is still bright orange and quickly falls off the plant on it's own so you don't have a bunch of dead, brown blooms to look at or cut off. It was so top heavy with blooms that after a couple of back to back thunderstorms it laid over but it quickly filled in the hole and had you not known it, you would have never been able to tell. Also interesting to watch the process from the butterfly laying eggs to the butterfly hatching. From 5 plants I counted at least 16 Monarch caterpillars at one time and the plants still looked good. I also gathered half a peanut butter jar of seeds to plant a larger patch this year. This plant will not disappoint!
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Reviewed by:  from Missouri. on 1/19/2018
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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