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Asclepias tuberosa

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Masses of Glowing Color!

Big Orange Blooms Welcome Summer, Attracting Butterflies and Gardeners in Droves!

Now is your chance to take home the 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year! Big orange blooms of the Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed) welcome droves of midsummer butterflies, especially Monarchs, with glowing color. This lovely perennial is both a nectar source and a host plant where butterflies lay eggs. With lovely foliage, the Asclepias tuberosa dazzles long after it blooms. It needs only plenty of sunshine, tolerates heat and drought easily, survives winters unharmed, and returns dependably year after year. Asclepias tuberosa reaches about two feet in height, three feet in width, in Zones 3-9. Set plants 12 to 15 inches apart in sunny locations with well-drained soil. Plant the crown two to four inches deep. Asclepias tuberosa is late to break dormancy in the spring and should not be removed during cultivation. Established plants have extensive taproots that should not be disturbed. New plants may benefit from a winter mulch but need no other special care.


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Genus Asclepias
Species tuberosa
Item Form 1-Quart
Zone 3 - 9
Bloom Start To End Mid Summer - Late Summer
Habit Upright
Plant Height 18 in - 24 in
Plant Width 24 in - 3 ft
Bloom Size 2 in - 4 in
Additional Characteristics Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Free Bloomer, Hummingbird Lovers, Long Bloomers, Repeat Bloomer
Bloom Color Orange
Foliage Color Medium Green
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy, Poor, Sandy
Uses Border, Cut Flowers, Everlastings, Outdoor
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Product Review Summary

Based on 2 reviews
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

December 21, 2016

The Ticket!

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Bought three many years ago and still glad I did. Slow to spread but cast iron. Yellow cone flowers, red daylilies and this butterfly weed, that's the ticket.

Casilda from TN
July 10, 2014

Best for butterflies

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

It is a beautiful addition to my garden, and it attracts many butterflies and hummingbirds. If you are making a butterfly garden or just plain, consider getting these.

Nancy from AB

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