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Asclepias tuberosa – Butterfly Weed

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Asclepias tuberosa – Butterfly Weed

Asclepias tuberosa, known as Butterfly Weed, is a must-have for any pollinator garden, celebrated for its bright orange flowers that bloom from early to mid-summer.

This hardy perennial thrives in full sun and well-drained soils, offering a splash of color that attracts butterflies, especially monarchs, to your garden.

Drought-tolerant and easy to care for, Butterfly Weed is not only a visual delight but also a vital food source for butterfly larvae, making it an essential plant for supporting butterfly populations.

Its low maintenance and high impact make it an excellent choice for borders, wildflower meadows, and naturalized areas.


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Common Name


Herbaceous Perennial



Native Range

Eastern United States, Southern United States


3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Height Range (ft.)

1.00 to 2.50

Spread (ft.)

1.00 to 1.50

Bloom Time

August, July, June

Bloom Description

Orange, Yellow


Full Sun


Dry, Medium





Suggested Use

Naturalize, Rain Garden


Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Erosion, Shallow-Rocky Soil


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Product Description

Embrace the beauty and ecological importance of Asclepias tuberosa, commonly referred to as Butterfly Weed, a vibrant perennial that plays a crucial role in the lifecycle of monarch butterflies and other pollinators. With its dazzling orange flowers, Butterfly Weed adds a warm, inviting tone to any landscape, thriving in areas where other plants might struggle.

Why Plant Butterfly Weed?

  • Pollinator Support: As a key nectar source, it attracts a variety of pollinators, including bees and hummingbirds, with a special affinity for monarch butterflies, providing food for both adults and larvae.
  • Drought Resistance: Once established, Butterfly Weed is incredibly drought-tolerant, making it a perfect choice for xeriscaping or low-water gardens.
  • Long Blooming Period: Enjoy its vibrant blooms from early summer through mid-summer, adding long-lasting color to your garden.
  • Low Maintenance: This perennial requires minimal care once established, thriving in poor to average, well-drained soils, and resisting deer and rabbits.

Cultivation and Care

  • Sunlight Needs: Prefers full sun, requiring at least six hours of direct sunlight daily for optimal growth and flowering.
  • Soil Conditions: Adaptable to various soil types, though it flourishes in well-drained, somewhat dry conditions. Avoid wet, heavy soils to prevent root rot.
  • Watering: Water moderately until established; Butterfly Weed’s deep taproot makes it extremely drought-tolerant and low-maintenance.
  • Spacing: Plant 18-24 inches apart to accommodate its bushy growth habit and ensure proper air circulation.

Garden Uses and Inspiration

Butterfly Weed’s striking appearance and ecological benefits make it an excellent addition to any garden setting. Incorporate it into perennial borders, wildflower meadows, or use it as a colorful accent in rock gardens. Its ability to thrive in challenging conditions also makes it ideal for roadside plantings or slopes, providing erosion control while beautifying these spaces.

Supporting Biodiversity

By including Butterfly Weed in your garden, you’re contributing to a healthier ecosystem, offering essential resources for declining pollinator populations. Its role in the monarch butterfly’s lifecycle, in particular, makes it an invaluable plant for conservation efforts and educational gardens.

Integrating Asclepias tuberosa into your landscape not only enhances its aesthetic appeal but also fosters a vibrant, life-supporting environment. With its easy care, drought tolerance, and invaluable benefits for pollinators, Butterfly Weed is an exemplary choice for gardeners looking to make a positive impact on their local ecosystem while enjoying stunning summer blooms.


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Please expect some delays in shipping during summer months!

Shipping perishable items in the heat of summer can be tricky to say the least. Our goal is to try to get your plants to you in the best shape possible.

This means we may hold off on shipping items during periods of excessively high temperatures to give your new plants the best chance of surviving their journey in good shape.