Asclepias tuberosa
Butterfly Weed

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Butterfly FriendlyDeer ResistantPart Shade
Butterfly Weed
Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly weed produces loads of bright orange flower clusters from early summer into autumn. The bright flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. It is a host plant for Grey Hairstreak, Monarch and  Queen butterflies. The dried seedpods are often used in dried flower arrangements. This is an essential plant if you want to attract a variety of butterflies to your property, especially Monarchs.

Bright flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies
Host plant for Grey Hairstreak, Monarch and Queen butterflies
Seedpods are often used in dried flower arrangements
Essential plant if you want to attract butterflies
Prefers moist, rocky soils, but will grow in dry situations too
Deer tend to leave this plant alone

Native Range

Sandy soils and upland woods; New Hampshire to South Dakota south to Arizona, Mexico and Florida.

Distribution Maps by State and County

Interesting Facts

Milkweeds are the host plant for Monarch butterflies. The entire lifecycle of these butterflies, from caterpillars to adults, revolves around this plant.


Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. Plants have deep taproots and are best left undisturbed once established. Like many milkweeds, plants are slow to emerge from the ground in spring.

Mature Size: 18-30in. Wide x 12-24in. Tall

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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