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Butterfly Weed

Asclepias tuberosa

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Butterfly Weed

Asclepias tuberosa

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Butterfly Weed is a perennial plant native to North America that has always been a cottage garden favorite. It has bold orange to yellow blooms in the summer months, and these attract hordes of pollinators including monarchs and other butterflies. The many stems rise to between 2 and 3 feet tall, with dark-green leaves, and they are topped with big heads of blooms. Very drought tolerant, this is an ideal plant for those hot, dry, sunny places in every garden.

  • Bright orange or yellow blooms all summer
  • Sturdy upright plant for sunny and dry places
  • Native plant for natural gardens and cottage gardens
  • Attracts many pollinators and butterflies
  • Very easy to grow everywhere and long-lived

Butterfly Weed should be planted in full sun for the best results. It grows well in any well-drained soil, including dry and poor soils. Young plants take a couple of years to become established and begin to bloom, but once they are this is an easy and long-lived plant. Choose the right spot for it, as it can’t be transplanted. Pests, diseases and deer leave it alone, and a simple cutting down in late fall is all the care it needs.

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