Asclepias tuberosa, Butterfly Weed

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Butterfly Weed is one of the showiest native* wildflowers. Summer waves of orange blossoms brighten open fields, woods, and waysides. Later, spindle-shaped seed pods pierce the air in shades of green, yellow, brown. When pods split open, the seeds’ silky threads glisten in the sun. The Virginia Native Plant Society selected Butterfly Weed as Wildflower of the Year in 1992.

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Tags: Buddleia species – Butterfly Bush, Coronilla varia – Crown Vetch, Lythrum salicaria- Purple Loosestrife, Sedum species, Hardiness: USDA Zones 3-9, Use in borders or in butterfly or meadow gardens, Monarch eggs or larvae, Attracts a variety of beneficial and other insects and hummers; larval host for Monarch butterfly, Seed pods used in dried flower arrangements, Bloom Color: Orange, Self-seeds when pods split open, clusters bloom June to August, Lance-shaped leaves on hairy stems, Single-stemmed to multistemmed clumps

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