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Butterfly Weed


This is a mounding, tuberous, hairy perennial. Thick stems bear spirally arranged, oval, green leaves. Clusters of bright orange-red flowers appear in summer and attract swarms of butterflies.

Asclepias tuberosa

Fruit Characteristics

Fruit length :3 1/2- 5<>

Leaf Characteristics

Leaf length : 4-5 1/2"

Leaf shape : Lance-shaped to ovate

Leaf color : Green

Flower Characteristics

Flower notes : Flowers appear in clusters and may also be orange-red or yellow.

Flower color : Pink

Plant Anatomy

Foliage growth cycle : n/a

Average size maturity width : 1 ft.

Average size maturity height : 3 ft.

Cultural Information

USDA Zone : -30 to -25 F (Z4a)

Sunset zone : 1-24

Water requirements : Moderate

Light exposure : Sun

Landscape Attributes

Butterflies : Yes

Attractive bark : Yes

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