Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Weed, Milkweed

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Pot Size: 3" pot

Plant Description

Butterfly weed, also known as milkweed, or Asclepias tuberosa, has striking, brilliant orange flowers which brighten our fields all summer. It is the favorite and required flower for monarch butterflies. Individual flower clusters may be up to 1 1/2 feet wide, and established plants may form clumps 3 feet wide and 2 feet tall. This perennial does best in full sun and a dry, well-drained location. It would make a good accent plant in a dry spot in the perennial border, natural area, or meadow. Butterfly weed flowers are excellent as fresh cut flowers. And of course, they are magnets for butterflies, monarchs especially. Butterfly weed has a long tap root and resents being moved, so plant it where you want it permanently. Also, they like to be planted into warm soil, so we prefer to ship them when things warm up.



Showy Berry Fruit

Deer Resistant

Butterfly Plant

Native Plant

Ease of Culture

Easy to grow

Plant Type

Wildflower, Perennial

Light Exposure

Full sun, Mostly sunny




Soil Condition

Sandy, Clay, Average

Moisture Tolerance

Dry, Moderately moist

Pot Size

3" pot


24 to 36in

Flower Color

Orange, Yellow




Bloom Time

Mid summer, Early summer, Late summer



Hardiness Zones

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9