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Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)
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Asclepias tuberosa, Butterfly Weed, is most often a distinctive bright orange but there is some variation in flower color, from deep red-orange to yellow. This distinctive color and the absence of the typical milky sap make identification easy.

Butterfly Weed needs a drier, well-drained location to successfully seed into and grow well. In older mature plants the long tap root can extend down a foot or more. They can be transplanted if dug carefully during dormancy but if enough root material is left behind they will regrow. The leaves are somewhat narrow, up to 1” and tapered, with no stem.

This is a great Milkweed for a sunny location in a dry area. Mature plants in ideal locations can make as many as 20 stems at an average height of 2’. The vivid orange color, low mounded profile, and ability to attract and sustain butterflies make this plant a well-known favorite for all types of gardens.

Dormant bare root plants ship each year during optimal transplanting season: Fall (October) or Spring (April/May).

Potted plants come in a tray of 38 plants and ship early May into June.

Click here if you prefer to mix/match up to 6 species in a tray.


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Catalog Number ASC16F
Seeds / Packet 100
Seeds / Ounce 4,300
Germination Code C(30)
USDA Zones 3-9
Plant Spacing 1-3'
Sun Exposure Full Sun  Part Shade 
Soil Moisture Mesic (Medium)  Dry-Mesic  Dry 
Height 2 feet 
Bloom Color Orange 
Bloom Time June  July  Aug 
Plant Type Wildflowers (Forbs) 
Availability Seeds  Roots  Potted Trays 
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Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)
*This map shows the native and adventive range of this species. **Given appropriate habitat and climate, native plants can be grown outside their range.
BONAP Map Key
Present in state Present in county; native to state Not present in state  
Present in county, adventive in state    
Asclepias verticillata (Whorled Milkweed) Asclepias incarnata (Rose Milkweed) Asclepias syriaca (Common Milkweed)
 
Sporobolus heterolepis (Prairie Dropseed)
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