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Asclepias tuberosa

butterfly milkweed, butterfly weed

Beloved by hummingbirds, monarch butterflies and gardeners alike, butterfly milkweed is best grown in poor, dry soils in full sun for that irresistible burst of life year after year. It is surprisingly tolerant of partial shade, but will emerge later there!

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Height: 12-30 in
Spread: 12-24 in
Hardiness Zone: 3-9


Bloom Color: Orange

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Species
Exposure
Sun
Soil Moisture
Dry
Average
Ecoregion
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(58) Northeastern Highlands
Ornamental Interest
Summer Bloom
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Bees
Attracts Butterflies
Other Pollinators/Wildlife
Tolerance
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
Salt Tolerant
Urban Environment
Drought Tolerant
Additional Attributes
Low Maintenance


North American Distribution