Common Name: Butterfly Weed
A virtually hassle-free, very long lived perennial, this cultivar of our native A. tuberosa offers three months of golden yellow blooms from early through late summer. Deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, Monarch butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. Gather bouquets of Asclepias all summer long; the long stems are wonderful for cutting and are long-lasting. Sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out.
Following the fabulous flowers, green fruits develop which rupture to reveal seeds with long, silvery-white, silky hairs reminiscent of its cousin, common milkweed. These are great to use in dried flower arrangements.
Height: 24.0 Inches
Spread: 24.0 Inches
Hardiness Zones: 3-9
Flower Color: Yellow Shades
Foliage Color: Green shades
Sunlight: Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun)
Water Requirements: Low - Average Water Needs
Soil Quality: Poor, Average, Fertile Soil Quality
Soil Chemistry: Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0), Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
Bloomtime: Early Summer - Late Summer
Attracts Wings: Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds
Critter Resistant: Deer Resistant
Seasonal Interest: Dried Seed Heads
Growth Rate: Medium
Garden Style: Eclectic, Prairie, Rain Garden
Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
$8.99 Regular Price