Butterfly Weed
Asclepias tuberosa

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.

USDA Zone 3-9
Plant Spacing 1-3'
Sun Exposure Full Sun / Part Shade
Soil Moisture Mesic (Medium) / Dry-Mesic Dry
Height 2 feet
Bloom Time June – Aug


Monarch on Butterfly WeedButterfly weed like all species of milkweed is critical to the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. The monarch butterfly will only lay it’s eggs on the leaves of milkweed plants. Caterpillars of the monarch only eat milkweed leaves which provides all of the nourishment the monarch will need to transform from a caterpillar into an adult monarch butterfly. Without milkweed monarch butterflies can not exist.

Queen ButterflyButterfly 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.


Monarch on Butterfly WeedButterfly weed is a member of the milkweed family and is a tuberous rooted native perennial that features clusters (umbels) of bright orange to yellow-orange flowers atop upright stems with narrow, lance-shaped leaves arranged spirally up the length of the stem.

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

Butterfly Weed Seeds


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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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