Milkweed (Butterfly Weed)
A special contribution by our grower Fatima!
Butterfly Weed, is most often a distinctive bright orange. This distinctive color and the absence of the typical milky white sap that other Milkweed species have make identification easy. This is a great Milkweed for a sunny location in a dry area. Mature plants in ideal locations can make as many as 20 stems at an average height of 2’. The vivid orange color, low mounded profile, and ability to attract and sustain butterflies make this plant a well-known favorite for all types of gardens. The leaves are somewhat narrow, up to 1” and tapered, with no stem and dark green in color. Like all species in the Asclepias genus, Asclepias tuberosa is one of the larval host plants for the monarch butterfly.
Bloom Color: Orange
Bloom Time: May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept - Will flower readily during the first year after seed sowing
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist (Prefers well-drained sandy soils. Tolerates drought.)