Butterflyweed; Milkweed

Asclepias tuberosa

Upright, multiple, semi-woody stems sprout from a tuber-like root.  The hairy stems are lined with lance shaped, opposite leaves and topped with multiple clusters of small flowers. Flowers are bright orange to rusty red colored and followed by a ribbed seed pod full of cotton-like hair attached to seeds that are wind-dispersed. Plant is toxic if ingested raw. Orange oleander aphids are inevitably attracted to this plant, but pose little threat unless the population swells to very large numbers. This has the beneficial effect of attracting ladybugs, which feed on these aphids as well as green aphids, which eat many food crops. Host plant for the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus).

Scientific Name: Asclepias tuberosa
Bloom Color: Orange
Bloom Time: June, July
Butterfly Host: Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus ); Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus)
Container Size: 3/4 gallon
Cultural Uses: N/A
Fall Foliage: No
Fruit: 4-5" long green seed pods that resemble okra. Pods turn brown and then split as they ripen.
Habit: Herb
Height: 2-5'
Light Needs: Part Shade (2-5 hrs. direct sun), Full Sun (5+ hrs. direct sun)
Square Feet Used: 2.25
Type Of Garden Ecotone: Other
Water Needs: Dry, Average
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