Asclepias tuberosa

Growing Information

Plant Type: Perennial
Sunlight: Full sun
Soils: Poor, well-drained
Bloom Time: Orange to yellow flowers in June, July, August
Size: 1-2 feet in height; 1-2 foot spread

Plant Butterfly Milkweed in mixed borders, meadows, and natural areas –even deep pots. Slow to emerge in spring. Drought tolerant. Pods contain seeds with silky parachutes that are dispersed by the wind.

Garden Companions

Big Bluestem grass (Andropogon virginicus), Little Bluestem grass (Schizachyrium scoparium), Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Threadleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata), Anise-scented Goldenrod (Solidago odora)

Nature Benefits

• Host plant for the monarch butterfly caterpillar
• Offers nectar for hummingbirds, bumble bees, and other insects

Native Habitat

Occurs in dry fields and roadsides

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