Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Weed
USDA Zone: 4-9
A native North American wildflower, this is the primary source of food for the both the adult and juvenile Monarch Butterfly and is often included in butterfly gardens. Plants form an upright clump of narrow green leaves, bearing showy clusters of orange or gold flowers in mid to late summer. The seed pods that follow are used in dried arrangements and should be picked and dried while still green. Very late to come up in the spring, so mark the spot by planting daffodils or other companion bulbs. Needs well-drained sandy soil.
CAUTION: Harmful if eaten.
Sun Exposure   Full Sun

Soil Type   Normal or Sandy

Soil pH   Neutral or Alkaline or Acid

Soil Moisture   Dry

Care Level   Easy

Flower Color   Gold   Mixed   Orange

Blooming Time   Mid-Summer   Late Summer

Foliage Color   Light Green

Plant Uses & Characteristics
Accent: Good Texture/Form    Attracts Butterflies
Border    Cut Flower
Deer Resistant    Dried Flower
Drought Tolerant    Massed

Poisonous/Toxic   Wild Flower

Flower Head Size   Medium

Height 23-35 inches

Spread    18-23 inches

Foot Traffic    None

Growth Rate    Slow