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Asclepias tuberosa
Asclepias tuberosa
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Asclepias tuberosa

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Asclepias tuberosa, commonly called butterfly weed, is a tuberous rooted, native perennial which occurs in dry/rocky open woods, glades, prairies, fields and roadsides. It typically grows in a clump to 1-3' tall and features clusters of bright orange to yellow-orange flowers atop upright to reclining, hairy stems with narrow, lance-shaped leaves. Unlike many of the other milkweeds, this species does not have milky-sapped stems. Flowers give way to prominent, spindle-shaped seed pods which split open when ripe releasing numerous silky-tailed seeds for dispersal by the wind. Seed pods are valued in dried flower arrangements. Long bloom period from late spring throughout the summer. Flowers are a nectar source for many butterflies and leaves are a food source for monarch butterfly larvae (caterpillars). 

  • Type: Perennial
  • Native 
  • Zone: 3 to 9
  • Height: 1.00 to 2.50 feet
  • Spread: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
  • Bloom Time: June to August
  • Bloom Description: Yellow/orange
  • Sun: Full sun
  • Water: Dry to medium
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Suggested Use: Naturalize, Rain Garden
  • Flower: Showy
  • Attracts: Butterflies
  • Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil