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Butterfly Weed | Plant Profile

Butterfly Weed (Asclepia tuberosa) are small to medium sized perennials that are native to the American midwest. The natural shape is clump-forming with rounded clusters of orange flowers that grow atop the body of the plant. The flowers create seed pods that allow developed seeds to be spread by the wind. The flowers bloom throughout summer.

Butterfly Weed prefers average fertility, dry to medium, well drained soils in full sun.

Butterfly Weed are beautiful additions to meadows, sunny slopes, and wildflower gardens. These perennials are some of the most attractive wildflowers that often have beautiful visitors.


Butterfly Weed Characteristics

As indicated by the name, these perennials are highly attractive to butterflies. The nectar provides food for adult butterflies while caterpillars snack on the leaves. Dried seed pods are popular choice for dried indoor flower arrangements.

Butterfly Weed can grow well in poor and dry soils. New growth may not appear until late in the spring. Self seeding occurs when the spent flowers are not removed. Seeds root easily, but can take years to established and produce flowers. Once established, do not transplant as the root system is too deep to easily move.

Butterfly Weed tend to be insect and disease resistant. Crown and root rot can occur in poorly drained soils. Leaf spot and rust can occur.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 3 - 9
1.00 - 2.50'
1.00 - 1.50'
Bloom Time
June - August
Dry - Medium
Full Sun
Deer Resistant?