Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa)

Smiling Sun Gardens

Regular price $5.00

Lots of bright orange, flat-topped flower clusters open in early June. Plants bloom for many weeks. Host plant for the monarch butterfly and a great nectar source for many other butterflies and pollinators.

Native Environment: Prairie
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9
Height: 1 to 2.5 feet
Spread: 1 to 1.5 feet
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
Bloom Color: Orange, Yellow
Season of Interest: June to August
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry to Moist
Water Usage: Low
Maintenance:  Low
Soil Description: Prefers well-drained sandy soils
Wildlife Benefit: Butterfly/Moth Nectar, Butterfly/Moth Host, Pollinators/Beneficial Insects
Animal Resistance: Deer Resistant

Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Erosion, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil
Nature Attracting: Butterfly, Hummingbird, Native Bee, Beneficial Insects, Special Value to Native Bees & Bumble Bees
Special Usage: Fresh Cut Flower, Rain Garden, Naturalize, Host Plant
Biological Control: Attracts predatory insects that prey upon pest insects.



  • Larval Host: Monarch, Queen