Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
[ah-SKLEE-pee-us too-ber-OH-sah]

Deciduous Perennial Slow
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Tray of 10 4" pots Field $58.90


About Butterfly Weed

Commonly called Butterfly Weed, this perennial puts out showstopping orange clusters of flowers in midsummer. 

As you might guess from the name, butterflies (including Swallowtails) love the sweet nectar this plant produces, so swarms of butterfly wings will appear wherever you have this beauty planted. 

Long slender seed pods burst in the fall sending a seed attached to a fluffy floating through your garden to reseed like a weed.

This Asclepias variety is shorter than its cousins and doesn’t have their white, milky sap. 

It also prefers slightly drier conditions but thrives in full sun, just like the rest of its family.


Shorter, mounding habit 

Bright orange blooms 

Pollinator favorite 


Cannot tolerate shade 

Aphids and milkweed beetles can be unsightly but tolerable


Plant Data

Mature Size 30 - 36 inches tall. 22 - 26 inches wide.
Growth Rate Full Sun
Zones 3a - 9b (Usually hardy to -40° F)
Tags Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Container, Deciduous, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Erosion Control, Formal Garden, Fragrant Flowers, Good for Borders, Good for Butterfly Garden, Good for Cottage Garden, Good for Cut Flowers, Good for Mass Planting, Good for Rain Garden, Good for Rock Garden, Good for Rocky Soil, Illinois Native, Low Maintenance, Most Popular, Native to North America, Normal Soil, Perennial, Pond, Prairie Garden, Rabbit Resistant, Showy Flowers, Thrillers, Tolerant of Moist Soil, Tolerant of Poor Soil, Tolerant of Shallow Soil, Well-Drained Soil, Woodland Garden Large Perennials, Summer Blooming Perennials, Yellow or Orange Flowering Perennials
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