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Asclepias tuberosa
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Asclepias tuberosa


Butterfly Weed

USDA Zone: 4-9

Plant number: 1.080.050


A native North American wildflower, this is the primary source of food for the both the adult and juvenile Monarch Butterfly, and is often included in butterfly gardens. Plants form an upright clump of narrow green leaves, bearing showy clusters of orange or gold flowers in mid to late summer. The seed pods that follow are used in dried arrangements, and should be picked and dried while still green. Very late to come up in the spring, so mark the spot by planting daffodils or other companion bulbs. Needs well-drained sandy soil. CAUTION: Harmful if eaten.

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Asclepias tuberosa


Optimal Growing
Conditions
Appearance and
Characteristics
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
  Acid
Soil Moisture
  Dry
Care Level
  Easy
Flower Colour
  Gold
  Mixed
  Orange
Blooming Time
  Mid Summer
  Late Summer
Foliage Color
  Light Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Attracts Butterflies
  Border
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Dried Flower
  Drought Tolerant
  Massed
  Poisonous/Toxic
  Wild Flower
Height
   60-90 cm
   23-35 inches
Spread
   45-60 cm
   18-23 inches
Foot Traffic
   None
Growth Rate
   Slow