Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)


Type: Forb

Area: Prairie

Height: 1′ – 2 1/2′

Bloom Months: July, August

Color: Orange

Sun: Part Sun to Full Sun

Moisture: Mesic-Dry

Soil: acidic soil that is sandy or rocky, will adapt to other kinds of soil if well-drained

Host: Danaus plexippus (Monarch), Danaus gilippus (Queen), Strymon melinus (Gray Hairstreak), Cycnia inopinatus

Attracts/Benefits: Various Butterflies including Fritillaries, Swallowtails, Monarch, Hummingbirds, Bees, Honeybees, Wasps

Photo credit: Possibility Place, Sharon Yiesla

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Description from Possibility Place:  One of the showiest of the species, Butterfly weed is the most popular milkweed on our list. It has bright orange, terminal clusters of flowers and lance-shaped, pubescent leaves. It is drought tolerant, clump forming, and will not move around much in the garden. It is a host for many pollinators, including Monarchs, Swallowtails, and many species of bees and beetles.

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Companion plants that go well together with Asclepias tuberosa are Schizachyrium scoparium (little bluestem), Sporobolus heterolepsis (prairie dropseed), New Jersey Tea, beebalm and Coreopsis species.


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