Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Butterfly weed is a native perennial with flat-topped, orange or yellow flower clusters at the ends of its stems or in its leaf axils. From midsummer to autumn, it produces clusters of brightly colored flowers that attract insects, followed by fruit and showy seed. Plant in a border, meadow, butterfly garden, or wildflower garden.

Very bright orange or yellow flowers. U.S. native. This plant’s milky white sap may irritate skin. Its stiff, thick branches may act as trellis to support weaker neighboring plants. Attracts bees and butterflies. May be slow to emerge in spring. Host plant for the Monarch butterfly caterpillar.

Needs full sun and fertile, well-drained, loamy soil. They have taproots and resent disturbance.

Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.

Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.

Full Sun Only

Attracts Beneficial Bugs, Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Song Birds,

Blooms mid-summer to fall


Cottage Garden, Meadow Garden


Butterfly Weed (Asclepias Incarnata) “Cinderella”

Blooms mid-late summer, pink flowers

Full sun

Adapts well to dry and moist conditions. Grow well at water’s edge or in bog gardens.

Grow 32-48” tall, space 24” apart

Fragrant flower clusters attract a profusion of butterflies. Excellent for perennial gardens, boggy areas or water gardens. Only milkweed variety that like moist conditions. Host plant for the monarch caterpillar.

Other Native Asclepias:

Common, Green, Narrow Leaved, Purple, Spider, Tall Green, Swamp, Variegated, Whorled

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