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Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Weed

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.

Full Sun
Foliage Color
Cut Flower/Foliage
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Bloom Time
July - August
Additional Information about Asclepias tuberosa

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

Growing & Maintenance Tips for Asclepias tuberosa

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.