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  • Asclepias tuberosa is a herbaceous plant that typically grows between 30 and 90 centimeters (1-3 feet) tall. It has upright stems and clusters of bright orange to reddish-orange flowers that bloom in summer. The flowers are characterized by five petals that curve backward and a central crown of hooded structures. The leaves are narrow, lance-shaped, and arranged spirally along the stems.
  • Habitat and Distribution: Butterfly weed is native to a wide range of habitats in North America, including prairies, meadows, open woodlands, and roadsides. It is commonly found in the central and eastern parts of the continent, from Canada to Mexico. Butterfly weed prefers well-drained soil and can tolerate dry conditions once established.
  • Importance for Pollinators: Asclepias tuberosa is a valuable plant for pollinators, especially butterflies, hence its common name. The bright, nectar-rich flowers attract a variety of butterfly species, including monarch butterflies. Monarch butterfly larvae feed exclusively on milkweed plants like Asclepias tuberosa, making it an essential host plant for their survival. By cultivating butterfly weed, you can help support pollinators and contribute to biodiversity conservation.
  • Cultivation: Butterfly weed can be cultivated in gardens and is a popular choice for butterfly gardens, native plant landscapes, and wildflower meadows. It prefers full sun and well-drained soil. The plant is drought-tolerant once established but may benefit from occasional watering during dry spells. Butterfly weed can be propagated through seeds or by dividing the root clumps. It is a relatively low-maintenance plant but may require some pruning to maintain its shape and remove spent flowers
  • SPREAD 30-50 CM
  • HEIGHT 30-60 CM 

Care Instructions

Different plants have different watering needs. Check the soil moisture by inserting your finger about an inch into the soil. If it feels dry, water the plant until the water drains from the bottom of the pot. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot.

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