Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

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These come up late in spring. We don't sell them until we can see signs of growth. A very popular plant.
Item #: ASTUB
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Binomial 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

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