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Butterfly Weed - Bulk

This is the very famous orange wildflower that's also a garden favorite of butterflies and people. (Asclepias tuberosa)

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Details:

Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Plant Size: 24-28" tall, 12-18" wide
Light: Full Sun
Bloom Time: Early to late summer
Shipping: Shipping begins in mid April based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Details
SKU 20PER-BULK
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
Estimated 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
Planting Season Spring, Summer
Will Tolerate Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Suggested Uses Deer Resistant, Fragrant, Borders
Ships to Canada No
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Description
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.

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Reviews

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3.0

(based on 18 reviews)

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    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

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    (7)

61%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Low maintenance (6)
  • Vivid colors (5)
  • Healthy (3)

Cons

  • Slow growth (3)

Best Uses

  • Large areas (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Gardener's favorite weed

I can't keep enough of these around for the monarch butterfly caterpillars; they can strip one in a few hours. But it always comes back, putting out leaves and bright orange flowers in...Read complete review

I can't keep enough of these around for the monarch butterfly caterpillars; they can strip one in a few hours. But it always comes back, putting out leaves and bright orange flowers in a matter of days. Needs no special care, reseeds politely, is xeric even in my zone 9 and keeps my butterfly population ever growing.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Don't give up on it.

These plants were DOA when I received them. I have received dormant plants, but these were dry and brittle. Took a chance and put them in the garden. Here it is almost mid-August...Read complete review

These plants were DOA when I received them. I have received dormant plants, but these were dry and brittle. Took a chance and put them in the garden. Here it is almost mid-August and they are finally coming back with some green leaves. The one does have a few flowers starting to appear, but I don't think they will bloom. I am hoping they are better next year.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BE PATIENT!

By robinseeber

from West Alexander, PA

About Me Avid Gardener, Master Naturalist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Promotes Monarchs
  • Reliable Growth
  • Vivid Colors

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Promote Monarchs

    Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed:

    I see the negative reviews here and can't help but wonder why they planted this flower? It's a beautiful flower with a rather short bloom time, but the main purpose of this is to feed the Monarch caterpillars since our monarchs are in sharp decline. Plant as many as you can, anywhere you can, any milkweed will do, this is just one of them. American Meadows stands behind their product, I can't help but promote such a great company. Quit complaining and HELP OUT OUR POLLINATORS! thanks!

     
    3.0

    Not as expected

    By TH

    from Fairlee, VT

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Pros

      Cons

      • Arrived In Poor Condition
      • Plants died

      Best Uses

        Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed:

        Small, dried twig-like plants delivered originally. Replacement plants healthy and surpassed growth of the one surviving plant. Am excited to see what they look like this next Spring.

         
        1.0

        never bloomed

        By joe k

        from joliet il

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Slow Growth

          Best Uses

          • Raised Beds

          Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed:

          This plant, never took off. The growth rate was slow and it never bloomed

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          caterpillar did not like it

          By Meena

          from Houston

          Verified Reviewer

          Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed:

          I started raising butterflies ,had several milkweed plants. I bought butterfly weed from American Meadow, it is unlike regular butterfly weed.It grows like a vine and does not look like weed at all.MOnarchs,swallowtail and all other butterfly visit my yard and lay eggs, but not on the weed from American Meadow. Once I had Monarch caterpillar on my other weed, I put them on this weed but they did not eat it.It is been taken care well but only one feet tall still and started to die.

           
          4.0

          Butterfly Weed

          By DonnaSue

          from Thousand Oaks, Ca

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Pros

          • Low Maintenance

          Cons

          • Slow Growth
          • Susceptible to Pests

          Best Uses

            Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed:

            Milk weed is food for monarch caterpillars, it get eaten very quickly!

             
            1.0

            Did not break dormancy

            By Gardener Madi

            from Brooklyn NY

            Verified Reviewer

            Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed:

            I received a single, fairly expensive plant in a 2 inch pot. In theory it was dormant. I planted it, watered, waited. It never broke dormancy, remaining a sad little stick in the medicinal herb garden. Very disappointing.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            "I'm Not Dead Yet!"

            By Adge

            from Beekman, NY

            About Me Casual Hobbyist

            Pros

            • Low Maintenance
            • Vivid Colors

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Large Areas

              Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed:

              I purchased 3 plants. Planted them all together and waited. Two of them came alive after a couple weeks. One of them looked like it would never dance in the sun again. Of the two that came up, I decided to dig one up and move it to another spot. It did NOT hate me for it and instead continued to grow. After giving up the 3rd one for dead, I suddenly noticed green poking its way through the soil! I was three for three...until someone decided to "weed" that area and thought my two tiny little butterfly milkweeds were real weeds....Horrified, there was nothing I could do but wait to plant more next year. After a few weeks I saw what turned out to be the 2 butterfly weeds coming up through the soil again! Elated, I moved them to a "safer" spot. They are slower growing than the nearby bee balm, but I'm so looking forward to next year's growing season to see how they develop. These plants were determined to give me a green thumb no matter what! Thank you American Meadows!

               
              1.0

              Nearly dead!

              By Virginia Lady

              from Blacksburg, VA

              About Me Avid Gardener

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed:

                    This plant arrived nearly dead. There were four short,skinny, dead twigs, and one wilted one. The wilited one subsequently died. I notified the company and my credit card account was credited. Not pleased with the quality, but pleased with the company response.

                     
                    5.0

                    The Butterfly Weed was great,!!

                    By Joanne the wild flower lady

                    from Alma WI

                    About Me Avid Gardener, Master Gardener

                    Pros

                    • Long Bloom Time
                    • Low Maintenance
                    • Reliable Growth
                    • Vivid Colors

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Large Areas

                      Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed:

                      I have ordered Butterfly Weed from other stores, and they never bloomed. These were exceptional plants, I have had tone of butterflys this year.

                       
                      5.0

                      I would purchase again!

                      By Maniac

                      from Maine

                      About Me Avid Gardener

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Plants are very good size
                      • Vivid Colors

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Attract butterflies

                        Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed:

                        Plant is doing great. Everything I order from this company arrives in great shape!

                         
                        2.0

                        Don't give up on it.

                        By PJS

                        from Michigan

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Low Maintenance

                        Cons

                        • Colors Not As Expected
                        • Short Bloom Time

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed:

                          These plants were DOA when I received them. I have received dormant plants, but these were dry and brittle. Took a chance and put them in the garden. Here it is almost mid-August and they are finally coming back with some green leaves. The one does have a few flowers starting to appear, but I don't think they will bloom. I am hoping they are better next year.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Small and Strong

                          By Cheryl

                          from Zeeland, MI

                          About Me A farm girl

                          Pros

                          • Healthy
                          • Low Maintenance
                          • Pest Resistant

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Monarch butterflies

                            Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed:

                            Plants are strong & healthy even after shipping. They were very well packedin 2 1/2" pots- kudos to your packaging engineers.The four plants I ordered range from 3 1/2" to 5" tall & each pot has 3 or 4 stems. These are not like plants you buy at the local greenhouse or [@] in gallon pots. They are small and you need to plant them where you can keep an eye on 'em for the first season.Be patient, in the long run they will impress you, your neighbors, and your local Monarch butterflys. Once established they are care-free to maintain.I am a first time customer and very pleased with the fast service, and healthy plants.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            Disappointed

                            By Virginia Lady

                            from Blacksburg, VA

                            About Me Avid Gardener

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed:

                                  This plant arrived in really poor condition - about 3" high with four skinny dead stems (looked like ends had been cut or chewed off), and one with two bug chewed leaves. I planted it, and it may survive, but I would never pay this much for any plant in such poor condition. It arrived two days after shipping, so that is not the problum

                                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  1.0

                                  did not survive

                                  By perenial gardener

                                  from carmel, indiana

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                    • Did not grow

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed:

                                      the plant did not grow, i am not happy

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      GREAT POTENTIAL!

                                      By Anne

                                      from Raleigh, NC

                                      About Me Avid Gardener

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                      • Long Bloom Time
                                      • Low Maintenance
                                      • Pest Resistant
                                      • Vivid Colors

                                      Cons

                                      • Slow Growth

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Large Areas
                                      • Raised Beds

                                      Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed:

                                      I planted my butterfly weed in early spring and it has done very well, although it has stayed rather small, nothing like the picture. I can't wait to see it next year! The flowers were a beautiful bright orange. Oddly enough, I never noticed any butterflies on it, but that may be because it didn't have much of a presence yet.

                                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      1.0

                                      Butterfly Weed

                                      By Dan

                                      from Bridgeport, CT

                                      About Me Casual Hobbyist

                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed:

                                            This plant never developed after planting in our wildflower garden. Would not purchase again.

                                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            4.0

                                            Nice flowers for butterflys

                                            By Ann

                                            from St Clairsville, OH

                                            About Me Avid Gardener

                                            Pros

                                            • Healthy

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Garden

                                              Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed:

                                              I have added this plant to my existing perennial garden. It gives seed pods that you can save to plant the next year or just let them go where they will.

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Personal

                                              (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              5.0

                                              A Gardener's favorite weed

                                              By gulf gardener

                                              from hitchcock texas

                                              About Me Avid Gardener

                                              Verified Reviewer

                                              Pros

                                              • Accurate Instructions
                                              • Hardy
                                              • Healthy

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Garden
                                                • Lawn
                                                • Outdoors
                                                • Patio
                                                • Pool Area

                                                Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed:

                                                I can't keep enough of these around for the monarch butterfly caterpillars; they can strip one in a few hours. But it always comes back, putting out leaves and bright orange flowers in a matter of days. Needs no special care, reseeds politely, is xeric even in my zone 9 and keeps my butterfly population ever growing.

                                                • Primary use:
                                                • Personal

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