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Butterfly Weed



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This Butterfly Weed is the iconic orange wildflower with bright clusters which are a magnet for butterflies and a garden favorite. (Asclepias tuberosa)

Zones 4 - 10
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Birds
Attract Birds
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 24-28" tall, 12-18" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Size Plant - 3.5" pot

Plant Information

This is the most famous member of our native milkweed family, and a well-known magnet for butterflies. Its one of the wildflowers that is so beautiful, its been taken into perennial gardens just as it is in nature--no hybridization necessary!

Butterfly weed has very little in common with its relative, the common milkweed--the familiar, tall, dusty-rose-flowered weed so often found along roadsides and in farm fields. This one is a really beautiful orange-flowered form with much more refined foliage and habits.

The milkweed family of North American plants is named Asclepias after Asclepias, the famous Greek God of Medicine, since the plants have long been used in herbal medicine.

This Asclepias, with its glowing orange flowerheads, is best placed in a dry, sunny spot, and appreciates fast-draining gritty soil. This plant is native over most all of the eastern part of North America, from Canada all the way to South Florida.

We also sell Asclepsia seed, but plugging in these plants will save you a year or two, since they are somewhat slow to become established. But once happy, they're as hardy as oaks.

Associated SKUs
AFLTT31 (Plant - 3.5" pot)
20PER (Plant - 3" pot) - Out of stock.
Common Name Butterfly Weed or Swamp Milkweed
Botanical Name Asclepias tuberosa
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Orange
Mature Height 24-28" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12-18" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Green
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Birds, Fragrant, Native
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No


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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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