Sun Exposure: Sun - Part Sun
Soil Moisture: Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry
Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Clay
Height: 2.5 feet
Spread: 2 foot
Blooms: June, July, August
Habitat: Meadows, Prairies, Savannas
Landscape uses: Pollinator gardens, Natural gardens, Drought tolerant, Deer resistant, Lacks milky sap
Wildlife Value: The flower nectar attracts honeybees, digger bees (Melissodes spp.), leaf-cutting bees (Megachile spp.), Halictid bees (including green metallic bees). Butterflies, including Fritillaries, Swallowtails, and the Monarch, and the Ruby-throated Hummingbird enjoy the nectar. Host Plant: Monarch Butterfly
Seed Origin: Sudbury, ON
Germination Code: C(30).
Asclepias tuberosa - Butterflyweed
Butterflyweed is perhaps the showiest of the milkweeds (Asclepias spp.) because of the long-lasting and colorful flowers. This species is also unusual for a milkweed because its foliage lacks a milky latex. Because of the absence of milky latex, it is often referred to as Butterfly Weed, rather than Butterfly Milkweed.