Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Butterfly Weed Butterfly Weed blooms closeup Asclepias tuberosa

Scientific Name: Asclepias tuberosa
Common Name: Butterfly Weed
Description of facts and concepts: Blooming in June and July, the bright orange clustered flowers attract bees as well as butterflies. Monarch butterfly caterpillars particularly feed on the leaves of this 1-3’ plant and accumulate toxins from its sap as a defense strategy.
Seed or division information: From seeds or division of the rhizomatous roots in fall.
Date of flower’s bloom (Month and week): July W1
Garden Name: Sunny Garden
Color of Flower: Bright Orange
Height: 1-3′
Spread: 24″
Family: Milkweed
Soil Type: Base to Acidic Neutral sunny meadows
Soil: Dry to Wet Dry
Light: Sun to Shade Full sun
Zone 4-10 Zones 4-10