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Butterfly Weed

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

Item Size

Plant - 3" pot
Plant - 3" pot

Price: $14.95

Sale: $7.48

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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
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
Foliage Color Green
Planting Season Spring, Summer
Will Tolerate Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Suggested Uses Deer Resistant, Hummingbirds & Butterflies, 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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3.2

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

68%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Low maintenance (9)
  • Vivid colors (7)
  • Pest resistant (4)
  • Reliable growth (4)
  • Healthy (3)

Cons

  • Slow growth (4)

Best Uses

  • Large areas (4)
  • Raised beds (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (13), Casual hobbyist (4)

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

 

must be patient

I love this plant for the location I picked, and attracting butterflies, bees, and fans of the color.
What I don't like:
-delivered too early. In Denver, Co it...Read complete review

I love this plant for the location I picked, and attracting butterflies, bees, and fans of the color.
What I don't like:
-delivered too early. In Denver, Co it didn't get above 30 until June. i practically had to put them in an incubator for
2 months. no flowers until the second season.very slow growing
must be diligently protected. I learned this from the one I planted last year locally.

Reviewed by 22 customers

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5.0

Great Plants Excellent service

By nan

from New york

About Me Casual Hobbyist

Pros

  • Butterfly Draw
  • Low Maintenance

Cons

  • No cons

Best Uses

  • For The Bees Butterflies

Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed:

I love the colors that my plants came in yellow pink etc I never saw colors like these before. Only Joe pie (?) weed and it is a dark color not like the colors you offer

 
5.0

Extraordinary plant

By bohemianshell

from Evansville, IN

About Me Casual Hobbyist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Low Maintenance
  • Pest Resistant
  • Reliable Growth

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Containers

    Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed:

    I started butterfly weed from seed years ago in my flower border, but it was a very finicky grower. I noticed that it did a bit better in a container, so I ordered an American Meadows plant earlier this year. It has absolutely flourished, and I hope to have it for years to come. No Monarch butterfly visitors this year, but here's hoping!

     
    2.0

    must be patient

    By Pat

    from Denver, Co

    About Me Avid Gardener, Master Gardener

    Pros

    • Vivid Colors

    Cons

    • Slow Growth

    Best Uses

      Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed:

      I love this plant for the location I picked, and attracting butterflies, bees, and fans of the color.
      What I don't like:
      -delivered too early. In Denver, Co it didn't get above 30 until June. i practically had to put them in an incubator for
      2 months. no flowers until the second season.very slow growing
      must be diligently protected. I learned this from the one I planted last year locally.

       
      5.0

      Top quality plant

      By Neena

      from Winder, ga

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fast growing
      • Low Maintenance
      • Pest Resistant
      • Reliable Growth
      • Vivid Colors

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Containers
      • Large Areas
      • Raised Beds

      Comments about American Meadows Butterfly Weed:

      Was surprised at how fast it grew and bloomed. The butterflies and bees love their own personal "buffet bar".
      Can't wait to spread the seeds when they are mature.

      (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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