Asclepias tuberosa

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Butterfly Weed

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Butterfly weed is a native plant that is late to emerge in the spring. Its bright orange flower has a very long bloom time, with flat terminals of rounded clusters. Monarchs are especially drawn to this mid-summer bloomer. Also referred to as Milkweed, due to the sap produced.

Height

24-36 Inches

Spread

24 Inches

Color

Orange

Interesting Notes

Ornamental seed pods, after bloom, are also a nice attraction. You can see this plant at Millenium Park in Chicago.

Bloom Time

July-August

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Sear stems to seal the sap to use as cut flowers. This is a perfect meadow plant, restored grassland and prairies.

When to Divide

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Good Companions

Yarrow (Achillea ), Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Blue Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum), White Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Spiked Gayfeather (Liatris spicata), Purple Lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis), English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Bee Balm (Monarda didyma), Pink Chives (Allium schoenpraesum), Ornamental Oregano (Origanum ), Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Coneflower (Echinacea Sombrero )

Characteristics & Attributes

Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Butterflies
Attributes & Uses
Cut Flowers
Exposure
Full Sun
Foliage Color
Green
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
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