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 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.
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|
|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|