Asclepias tuberosa
Asclepias tuberosa

Asclepias tuberosa

SKU: S23984
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Quick Facts
Common Name: Butterfly Weed
Hardiness Zone: 4-9S/10W Exposure: Sun
Blooms In: Jul-Sep
Mature Height: 24" Spacing: 12-18"
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: BAREROOT
Deer Resistance: Yes
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For a pop of bright orange that will enliven sunny summer borders, look to our native Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa. Its small, curiously shaped blooms also reward close inspection. They appear in dense clusters and are irresistible to butterflies, which help pollinate the flowers. Slim, decorative pods form later, filled with papery seeds attached to silky parachutes. As garden companions, we suggest Festuca glauca for its steely blue clumps of foliage, Gaillardia for the color echo of its daisy-like blooms, and Salvia for its spires of contrasting purple flowers. Awarded Perennial Plant of the Year® by the Perennial Plant Association.

Of the 200 species in the genus Asclepias, the best known are North American wildflowers. They have small, curiously shaped blooms that appear in dense clusters. These plants provide nourishment for Monarch butterflies through all their life stages, and are essential for their survival.

For information on growing Asclepias, click Growing Guide.

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Didn’t emerge

I planted these in early autumn and kept them watered but they did not emerge this spring. I assume that something ate them. Disappointing.

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These are hidden gems

I think this flower or weed depending on your perspective is one of those hidden gems that because of its name or nickname (milkweed) gets overlooked. It puts out very showy orange flowers most of the summer. I have had these for a number of years now and they indeed do keep coming back. I think it is also worthwhile mentioning that just like the wild milkweed that is where Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on, these flowers also attract Monarchs, Swallow Tails and Hummingbirds to our garden. They require almost no work with the exception of staking the tops because the flowers are heavy and will pull the tops down when in full flower. While only the orange flowers have bloomed so for me, I am hoping for the red and the yellow in this next batch I buy. Enjoy !

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Monarch butterfly cateriplars

I planted a couple of these in my tiny garden and was so happy to find Monarch caterpillars on them!

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Orange Beauty!

I bought this perennial because I needed more orange in my front yard. So glad I did!! Had a good start, even in it's first year. I waited until it went to seed and saved the pods for next years gardening and plan to spread the seeds in my backyard.

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Growing guide

Growing guide
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Latin Name Pronunciation: uh-sklee'pee-us  

The genus Asclepias, commonly known as Milkweed, comprises more than 100 species, the best known of which are North American wildflowers. They have small, curiously shaped blooms that appear in clusters and are irresistible to butterflies. Milkweed is the host plant for Monarch butterflies - it is the only food source for Monarch caterpillars, and the butterflies will breed only where Milkweeds are found.

Asclepias tuberosa is native to eastern North America and is commonly referred to as Butterfly Weed. It blooms in June and July and makes a fine addition to a hot-colored border. It Butterfly weed needs well-drained soil and full sun. Swamp milkweed, Asclepias incarnata, grows naturally in moist soil rich in organic matter. It is well-adapted to good garden soil, and can take some shade. Both milkweed species are polite clumping perennials that may modestly self-sow, but will not spread underground.

Grow Guide for Asclepias incarnata

Plant Asclepias incarnata in moisture-retentive soil, rich in organic matter, in full sun or part shade. Swamp milkweed is a natural in rain gardens, sunny borders and wet meadows.

This perennial milkweed is quite late to emerge from dormancy in spring. Mark the location or leave 6" of stem if you cut back after killing frost, so you don't plant something on top of them.

Cut plants back by 1/3 to 1/2 in early summer to encourage strong bushy growth. More stems mean more flowers. Deadheading early blooms often results in a second flowering about a month later.

This genus, commonly known as Milkweed, consists of many North American native species, and is most notable for attracting butterflies. Their flowers are excellent nectar sources, and the plants are the sole host for the larval stage of the Monarch butterfly. Use Asclepias incarnata in pollinator gardens, pond edges, rain gardens, sunny borders, and wet meadows.

Grow Guide for Asclepias tuberosa

Asclepias tuberosa grows best planted in hot, baking full sun. It requires well-drained, not overly rich soil and will thrive even in nutrient-poor sandy or gravelly soils.

This perennial milkweed is quite late to emerge from dormancy in spring. Mark the location, leave 6" of stem if you cut back after killing frost, or simply leave the plant standing through winter, so you don't plant something on top of them.

Cut plants back by 1/3 to 1/2 in early summer to encourage strong bushy growth. More stems mean more flowers. Deadheading early blooms often results in a second flowering about a month later.

This genus, commonly known as Milkweed, consists of many North American native species, and is most notable for attracting butterflies. Their flowers are excellent nectar sources, and the plants are the sole host for the larval stage of the Monarch butterfly. Use Asclepias tuberosa in pollinator gardens, sunny borders, and meadows.