Plant butterfly weed in the sunniest part of your garden, as it prefers full sun. It's best to plant these bareroots 2-3 feet apart in a location with well-draining soil. Butterfly weed is an excellent choice for locations with rocky or sandy soil, as they're quite tolerant of lower soil quality.
Design-wise, these native-born plants are stunning for their natural coloring and height, so let them stand tall in a part of the garden where their colors can stand out. This butterfly weed will thrive in zones 4-9. If you're wondering what zone your garden is in, use our Zone Finder tool to find out.
You can plant Butterfly Weed in both spring and fall-this is a truly flexible, tolerant perennial. If planting in springtime, plant your butterfly weed after any threat of frost has passed. For autumn planting, plant before the soil freezes in early- or mid-fall. If you order butterfly weed online from Spring Hill, we'll ship them at the right time to plant. Keep in mind that growing butterfly weed from seed can take 2-3 years before blooming and attracting butterflies.
Whether butterfly weed is toxic is a complex question. In short, it is mildly toxic to both humans and animals, but one of the less toxic milkweeds, and therefore a safer alternative to other milkweed species. Butterfly weed does not produce the milky sap created by standard milkweed, so it is both less messy and safer.
Butterfly weed is a truly easy-care plant for fall and winter. It can be cut back after the plants begin to fade in late fall. Alternatively, you can leave your butterfly weed stalks intact over winter for a bit of height and texture that stands tall in the garden all season. Just cut back your butterfly weed stalks during spring cleanup.
Butterfly weed typically does not require mulching over winter, and is hardy in zones as low and 4. If you do choose to mulch, don't mulch over the crowns of the plants, as mulch can hold too much moisture and make the plants susceptible to rot.
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