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Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Weed

Brilliant orange flowers, late to break dormancy. Grow in a dry and warm condition.

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Butterfly Weed Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:
Found naturally in dry fields and on slopes, Ascelpias do not require rich soil or much moisture. A full day of sun is best along with a slightly acidic, sandy-humus-loam that is well-drained. In spring, trim back last year's growth and await the beautiful new foliage which will appear quite a bit later than other perennials.
Interesting Notes:
Gather bouquets of Asclepias all summer long; the long stems are wonderful for cutting and are long-lasting. Sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.

Height

24-28 Inches

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Spread

24 Inches


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Asclepias tuberosa Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Full Sun
Moisture Needs
Average
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Nature Attraction
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Season of Interest
Summer
Growth Rate
Medium
Color
Oranges
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Mass Planting
Cut Flower
Naturalizing
Drought Tolerant
Border or Bed
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