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 fragrant, 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. Thrives in difficult locations where soil is lean and dry. Most effective when planted in groups. Slow to break dormancy in spring.


24-36 Inches


24 Inches



Interesting Notes

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

Bloom Time


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. Prefers well-drained, gravelly soil.

When to Divide


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 (Lavender ), Bee Balm (Monarda didyma), Pink Chives (Allium schoenpraesum), Ornamental Oregano (Origanum ), Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Coneflower (Echinacea Sombrero® ), Bee Balm (Monarda Sugar Buzz® ), Bee Balm (Monarda Sugar Buzz® ), Catmint (Nepeta ), Beardtounge (Penstemon barbatus Rock Candy®), Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Characteristics & Attributes

Attracts Wildlife
Attributes & Uses
Cut Flowers
Full Sun
Foliage Color
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Season of Interest (Foliage)
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