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Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Weed

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A virtually hassle-free perennial, offering three months of tangerine orange blooms (occasionally red or yellow) from early through late summer. Deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, Monarch butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects.

Height:

15-24 In

Spread:

15-24 In

Hardiness Zone:

3 - 9

Butterfly Weed Growing and Maintenance Tips

Gather bouquets of Asclepias all summer long; the long stems are wonderful for cutting and are long-lasting. Sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.

Asclepias tuberosa Characteristics

Attributes

  • Mass Plant
  • Border
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage
  • Dried Flower
  • Drought Tolerant

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant

Exposure

  • Sun Tolerant

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Early Summer
  • Summer
  • Late Summer