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Butterfly Weed

Posted on January 24, 2017 at 11:20 AM

Asclepias tuberosa - Butterfly Weed

  • Height: 2 - 3' T x 2' W
  • Hardiness:  USDA hardiness zones 4 - 9
  • Uses:  Meadow or Prairie Gardens, Beds & Borders, Cut Flower

Asclepias tuberosa are butterfly magnets.  Flowers are a nectar source for many butterflies and the leaves are a food source for the Monarch butterfly caterpillar.  Butterfly Weed is the perfect addition to a meadow or prairie planting as well as semi-formal or formal urban plantings.  Flower arrangers find it to be a long-lasting cut flower.  It grows best in full sun and well drained soils.  New growth tends to emerge late in the spring. Plants are easily grown from seed, but are somewhat slow to establish and may take 2-3 years to produce flowers. Mature plants may freely self-seed in the landscape if seed pods are not removed prior to splitting open. Butterfly weed does not transplant well due to its deep taproot, and is probably best left undisturbed once established.

2017 Perennial Plant Association perennial of the year.

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Categories: Wildflowers & Natives