Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed) - Quart Super Plugs

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A beautiful component of medium to dry meadows, Butterfly weed is common across most of North America east of the Rockies.  Butterfly Weed has bright orange flowers, often lacking in meadow plantings.

Butterfly weed will usually grow around 2 feet tall; more so in moist soils.  Prefers soils on the lighter and dryer side, performs poorly in heavy, wet clay.  As a member of the Milkweed genus (Asclepias ssp.), Butterfly weed is an excellent clump-forming variety that provides food to Monarch butterflies.

Butterfly Weed Uses

Butterfly weed is a good species to include in a butterfly-friendly garden, since it supports the larvae of Monarch Butterflies.  Many varieties of butterflies feed on the nectar from the flowers, as well.

As it is shorter than most meadow and prairie plants, it is a good choice for the edge of meadows up against lawn grass, a path or a patio.

How to Grow Butterfly Weed

Plant Butterfly Weed 18-36 inches apart in sandy or loamy soils in full sun.  Water well for the first few weeks, and after that they should establish quickly, often blooming the first year.  Keep the plants weeded for best growth.

Our Butterfly Weed plants are 2.25" RootMaker Plugs, which will establish very quickly and grow to blooming size.

Common Name: Butterfly Weed
Botanical Name: Asclepias tuberosa
Height: 18-30 Inches
Spread: 12-18 Inches
Spacing: 12 Inches
Flower Color: Orange
Bloom Time: June-August
Texture: Medium
Habit: Round Clump
Light Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade; Dry Prairies and Meadows
Soil Moisture: Average to Dry
Soil Texture: Clay Loam to Sandy Loam; Well-Drained
Soil PH: Acidic to Neutral
Landscape Uses: Butterfly Gardens, Massing
Benefits: Attracts Butterflies, Drought Tolerant
Ecological Function: Nectar, Larval Food Source


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    Butterfly Weed -1 qt super plugs

    Posted by Annette I. on Aug 5th 2020

    I couldn't be happier with the Butterfly Weed plants I received. After only one month they already have flower heads and are growing rapidly and are very healthy plants.