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Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
|Deciduous Perennial Slow|
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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
Cannot tolerate shade
Aphids and milkweed beetles can be unsightly but tolerable
|Mature Size||30 - 36 inches tall. 22 - 26 inches wide.|
|Growth Rate||Full Sun|
|Zones||3a - 9b|
|Tags||Attractive to Butterflies, Attractive to Hummingbirds, Attracts Butterflies, Border, Butterfly Garden, Container, Cottage Garden, Cut Flower, Deciduous, Deer Resistant, Dried Flower, Drought Tolerant, Eclectic Garden, Erosion Control, Formal Garden, Fragrant Flowers, Low Maintenance, Mass, Moist Soil, Most Popular, Native to North America, Normal Soil, Pond, Poor Soil, Prairie Garden, Rabbit Resistant, Rain Garden, Rock Garden, Rocky Soil, Shallow Soil, Showy Flowers, Thornless, Thrillers, Well-Drained Soil, Woodland Garden Large Perennials, Summer Blooming Perennials, Yellow or Orange Flowering Perennials|
More Info from Experts
We try very hard to source exactly what you’d like, but sometimes growers run out of plants! While this variety is a great deal at the price shown, we know that it has limited availability. If you want the plant even if it might be more expensive, or in a different size or quantity -- after you place your order, just send us a quick note at firstname.lastname@example.org. Then, we’ll try to get you some version of this from one of our growers. And if we can’t get it from anywhere, of course, we’ll send a refund!
Plants which are well-adapted to our local climate are most often field-grown (outside). Field-grown plants are generally cheaper and have the advantage of already somewhat acclimated to our cold winters, but that means they’re not artificially far along in the spring and tend to bloom at the normal time in our area.
Spring annuals and tender perennials are typically grown in Greenhouses so they can be ready and luxurious exactly when customers want them. Some perennials are also “forced” into early bloom in greenhouses. In May, there can be a very big difference between field-grown and greenhouse-grown plants of the same type. The latter typically look good right away (so they’re a great choice where that’s important), but we typically pay a premium for it.
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We order from a rotating cast of the best nurseries in the Great Lakes region. It looks like we've offered this plant in the past, but the nurseries we're working with this week don't appear to have it in stock at the moment.
Our goal is to bring as many plants together under "one roof" as possible, so we'll try hard to make it available again in the future!