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Butterfly Milkweed

Butterfly Milkweed flowers
Photo credit: Joshua Mayer

Butterfly Milkweed
(Asclepias tuberosa)

Availability:

  • Out for the season

Height:

  • 2 to 3 feet

Bloom:

  • June to August

Classification:

  • Native
  • Perennial

Sun:

  • Full sun

Soil moisture:

  • Dry to medium

Used by:

  • Butterflies (flowers),
  • Honey bees (flowers),
  • Native bees (flowers),
  • Hummingbirds (flowers),
  • Caterpillars (foliage)

Notes:

  • Monarch caterpillars often use this milkweed more in the fall than the spring or summer.
  • This species can be “loved to death.” It grows naturally in pretty hard, dry soil.

Native Range:

USDA range map for butterfly milkweed
Map credit: USDA Plants Database

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