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Asclepias curassavica ‘Silky Gold’ (photo courtesy of Laura Dunkin-Hubby)
Asclepias curassavica ‘Silky Gold’ (photo courtesy of Laura Dunkin-Hubby)

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Zones 1-24, 26, 28-43
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Moderate, Minimal

Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Weed
Asclepiadaceae
Perennials, Flowers

ASCLEPIAS

Though some include the word “weed” in their common name, the plants listed here are anything but weeds—they’re showy, easy-to-grow garden plants. All bloom in summer, typically bearing many small, starlike flowers in broad, flattened clusters at or near the branch tips. Their inflated seedpods split open to reveal silky seeds and milky sap. Their nectar attracts butterflies.

Asclepias tuberosa (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)
Asclepias tuberosa (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

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Asclepias tuberosa

Native to eastern U.S. From a perennial root, many herbaceous stems rise every year to form a clump about 3 ft. tall, 1 ft.wide. Clusters of bright orange flowers attract swarms of butterflies. All types make long-lasting cut flowers. Provide good drainage.

Gay Butterflies strain features yellow, red, orange, pink, or bicolored blossoms; ‘Hello Yellow’ has bright yellow blooms.

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