Butterfly Weed

Brilliant tones of oranges, reds and yellow are always striking in a flower garden and the Butterfly Weed is no except.  As it’s name indicates it is a favorite of our winged friends and being a cousin to the milkweed also encourage the butterflies visits.

Native to Eastern North America, Butterfly Weed is nectar rich with a milky sap that can irritate the skin.  It can be toxic when eaten however the Natives who called this the Pleurisy Plant are known to chew the root to cure this condition of the lungs.

You can divide this perennial each Spring.

Butterfly Weed

Asclepias tuberosa

  • Light Exposure: Sun
  • Soil Type: Dry, well draining
  • Height: 2-4′
  • Width: 2-3′
  • Bloom Time: Late spring to Summer
  • Bloom Colour: Red, yellow, orange
  • Foliage Colour: Medium green
  • Pests and Disease: Yellow aphids
  • Landscape Uses: Beds, borders
  • Special Features: Fragrant, drought tolerant, dried flowers, attracts birds and butterflies
  • Zone: 4-9

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