PLANT BASE

Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly weed

Height
Spread
Growth
habit
3-9
1-2.5'
1-1.5'
Form                           Lifecycle              Hardiness zone*
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Flower
Perennial

Butterfly Milkweed, Orange Milkweed, Pleurisy Root, Chigger Flower

APPEARANCE
Bloom time
Bloom color
June-August
Violet/ pinkish
Fall attractive seed pods
USE FOR
Seasonal interest
ENVIRONMENT
Terminal clusters
Light
Water
Soil
Soil pH
Loam, Sand
Adaptable
Soil Preference
Dry to medium, well-drained, tolerates lime
HABITAT & NATIVE RANGE
Dry, open woods and prairies, fields and roadsides, canyons and hillsides
New England to south Florida to Texas and Colorado
ENVIRONMENTAL TOLERANCE
Black walnut, Heat, Drought, Erosion, Shallow-rocky soil, Dry Soil, Salt
BROWSE TOLERANCE
Black walnut, Heat, Drought, Erosion, Shallow-rocky soil, Dry Soil, Salt
Tolerance to browse by animals typically happens once plants are established. Young plants may still be quite susceptible.
SUGGESTED MAINTENANCE & COMMON PROBLEMS
Divide every 2-3 years, don't add thick mulch as will cause rot
Crown rot in poor drainage
COMPANION PLANTS
Purple cone flower,Prairie dropseed,Threadleaved coreopsis,Lanceleaf coreopsis,Anise hyssop,Black eyed susan,Sideoats grama
COMPANION TREES & SHRUBS
NOTES
Deep taproot, don't disturb once established

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