Butterfly Weed is a must have native plant for attracting butterflies and other beneficial pollinators to your garden. Butterfly weed does best in full sun, but can withstand some shade as well, growing to just 2 feet in height, this native plant adapts well to poor, dry soil and is well-adapted to less-than-ideal conditions. Butterfly weed is a tough, drought-tolerant native perennial once established.
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun / Part Shade|
|Soil Moisture||Mesic (Medium) / Dry-Mesic Dry|
|Bloom Time||June – Aug|
Butterfly weed is also the host plant for queen butterflies and grey hairstreak butterflies. Like the monarch, their caterpillars only eat milkweed. Butterfly weed’s brightly colored flowers act as a butterfly magnet, attracting many kinds of butterflies, bees and other pollinators to its colorful blooms. Their vibrant flowers can also help to attract hummingbirds to the garden.
Butterfly weed is unique among milkweeds in that the sap is not milky and the leaves are not opposite. Common milkweed contains a milky white sap that will ooze out if the stem is broken. This substance, which is the reason for the name “milkweed,” can be irritating to bare skin. Though butterfly is in the same family as common milkweed, it doesn’t have this milky sap.
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Butterfly Weed is great for a sunny location in a dry area. Butterfly Weed's bright orange color, low mounded profile, and ability to attract and sustain monarch butterflies and many other pollinators make it a great plant for your native garden.
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