Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly milkweed)
butterfly milkweed (select: quart or 1 gallon)
Bright orange flowers that scream "Monarchs stop here!". Sturdy 2' plants easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Does well in poor, dry soils. New growth tends to emerge late in the spring. Butterfly weed does not transplant well due to long taproot and is probably best left undisturbed once established. Blooms from June - July. Flowers are a nectar source for many butterflies and leaves are a food source for monarch butterfly caterpillars. Good for pollinator gardens, meadows, sunny borders, and naturalized areas. A true coastal native.
Photo by Kellen McCluskey
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