Asclepias tuberosa, Butterfly Milkweed

Asclepias tuberosa, Butterfly Milkweed

Our most popular Missouri native perennial, Butterfly Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa, serves as an adult nectar source and a larval food source of the Monarch butterfly. Brilliant tangerine orange or vibrant yellow flowers appear for most of the summer. Cutting back spent flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle. Its showy seed pods are a lovely addition to dried flower arrangements. Easy to grow in sunny areas. Missouri native wildflower.

Additional Information

Botanical Name

Asclepias tuberosa

Common Name

Milkweed

Bloom Color

Orange

Bloom Time

Summer

Foliage Color

Green

Light Requirements

Sun

Height

24″

Width

24″

Uses

Beds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Missouri Native Plant, Naturalize, Rain Gardens

Resistance

Deer, Drought

Soil

Average, Dry, Poor, Rich

Water Needs

Average, Low

Zone

3-9

Plant Type

Perennial