Clusters of tiny blossoms in shades of orange, red and yellow – not just the plain orange of the species – attract butterflies to your garden! Blooms flourish for several weeks in mid to late summer, followed by large and interesting seedpods. 18-36" tall plants thrive in sun and heat, humidity and even drought, yet is quite winter hardy and long-lived. Zones 4-9. Bareroot. Asclepias tuberosa 'Gay Butterflies'. Full Sun. Deer tend to avoid.
Botanical Name: Asclepias tuberosa
Common Name: Butterfly Plant
Form: Herbaceous perennial
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Height/Habit: 18 - 36"
Spread: 18 - 36"
Spacing: 18 - 36"
Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
Flowering Date: Mid to late summer.
Blooms With: Gaillardia, Heliopsis, Coreopsis, Daisies, and Daylilies
Type of Fruit: Milkweed pods 6" long.
Shipping Season: Spring
Unique Characterstics: Attractive, brightly-colored blooms lure butterflies to the garden. Flowers and pods can be used in dried arrangements and have a long vase life. Free-flowering. Drought tolerant.
Flower Color: Mixed shades of orange, red, pink and lemon yellow.
Flower Form: Milkweed-like blossoms. Flowers close to 1/4" across in short, umbel-like cymes or clusters.
Foliage Type: Alternate, lanceolate or oblong, 2-6" long and 1/4 - 1" wide.
Resistance: Generally pest free.
Pruning: Deadheading can prolong blooming time.
Pruning Time: After flowering.
Soil Requirement: Well-drained, dry , infertile sandy soils. Doesn't like wet soils. Cannot compete with surface-rooted trees.
Additional Information: Medicinal properties to roots. Leaves and stems are poisonous to animals.
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Love how they attract butterfly's but mine turned out all orange which was a little dissapointing. They do grow quickly and are very hardy.
"I received them and they were really well wrapped for shipment. I put the corms in the bed I had prepared for them, not expecting much until next year. But to my surprise, 10 days later 2 of the 3 I ordered are about 20"" tall! I won't be surprised if they bloom this year! They are in mostly full sun, with partial shade at different times of the day."
I wanted as much of this plant as I could afford. Ordered from three different nurseries. Spring hill sent the healthiest bare roots and was the least expensive! Every single bare root has come alive with the healthiest butterfly weeds ever. I cannot wait to watch the caterpillars. I ordered a few plants three years ago and had so much fun watching the caterpillars with my daughter that we decided to fill our garden with them this year. Thanks spring hill!!
"I planted these two years ago, did not bloom the first year. This year they are just starting to bloom and they are a dark pink color. The butterflies love them. Only wish that the plants I got were not all the same color."
"I'd never heard of this plant, but needed another drought tolerant flower to add to a new perennial bed. This one was a great find and a big surprise. It will delight you without needing any attention."
It took me 50 yrs to view this awsome transformation of the worm to butterfly. I Have photos and made everyone come over to take a look. From the eggs to worm to butterfly was a wonderful sight. And in my first year of planting the butterfly weed. I can hardly wait till next year. Thanks so much.
We found the orange variety growing wild on the farm in Tennessee. Dug them up and stuck them several places around the house and have been thrilled since. They multiply and get bigger every year--tons of butterflies and hummingbirds. They seem to thrive in dry conditions with very little water. I highly recommend.
"I have the orange variety of Butterfly Weed and this plant is beautiful. It attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, & bees. It is a very hardy plant that I have had for several years and it requires very little maintenance."