Asclepias tuberosa

Common name: Butterfly Weed

Native plant

One of the showiest of the species, Butterfly weed is the most popular milkweed on our list.  It has bright orange, terminal clusters of flowers and lance-shaped, pubescent leaves.  It is drought tolerant, clump forming, and will not move around much in the garden.  It is a host for many pollinators, including Monarchs, Swallowtails, and many species of bees and beetles. 


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Pricing information for
Per unit for pint growing method $4
Flats $45

Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Bloom period


General information

Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
3 Feet
Max width
4 Feet
Growth rate
Flower color

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Pollinator hot spot

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