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Asclepias tuberosa

Asclepias tuberosa

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Butterfly Weed should be a staple in every pollinator garden. It is treasured for its long-lasting clusters of bright orange flowers. The leaves are an essential food source for the caterpillars of Monarch butterflies. We delight in watching the caterpillars munch the foliage nearly to the ground each season. Somehow the plants continue to flower anyway. Deer and rabbit resistant.

WARNING: May cause minor vomiting or stomach upset if ingested. Sap or juice may cause dermatitis.

Zones: 4 to 9

Family: Asclepiadaceae

Type: Deciduous Perennial

Height: 24 to 36 in.

Spread: 12 to 24 in.

Exposure: Full Sun

Soil Conditions: average, well-drained

Bloom Time: May to September

Native Range: most of the US except for NV, OR, WA, ID, MT, WY, ND

Image Credits:

Images 1 (flowers with Monarch caterpillar) Marshal Hedin from San Diego, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

Image 2 (form) Jim Conrad, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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