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How to Grow Asclepias Tuberosa Plants in your Garden

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Butterfly flower

Butterfly weed-Asclepia tuberosa photograph by Mark Levisay.


Quick Asclepias tuberosa Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific name: Asclepias tuberosa
  • Common Name: Butterfly flower
  • Growing Zone (USA): 3 to 9
  • Life Cycle/Type: Perennial

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 18 to 30
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 12 to 36
  • Time of Bloom: Summer
  • Color of Bloom: Orange, Red, Yellow
  • Leaf Foliage Detail: Green
  • Growth Form: Upright / erect

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Partially shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Average pace
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Well drained
  • Moisture: Dry to Moist (Medium Moisture is likely gives best results)

Caring Conditions

  • Level of Maintenance: Low
  • Propagation: Seeds
  • How to Prune: Not usually required
  • Pests: Usually pest free
  • Diseases: Usually pest free

Further Information

  • Can Attact: Butterflies
  • Tolerant of: Deer, Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil
  • Best used in: Border, Container, Foundation, En masse , Rock garden, Seashore, Specimen
  • Miscellaneous : Attractive foliage, North American native, Naturalizing, Attracts butterflies, Suitable for cut flowers, Suitable for dried flowers, Attractive flowers / blooms
  • Genus Detail: Asclepias
  • Further Reading: Here and Here


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