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Asclepias tuberosa

 
Asclepias tuberosa

butterfly weed
Common name butterfly weed
Family asclepiadaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z4-10)
Flowers orange (summer)
Size to 2 ft
Light full sun
Cultural notes not fussy
From seed easy - germinates at room temperature
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripenslate September

After the early-summer flower clusters, green blimp-shaped pods form. These open to reveal silky parachuted seeds. Emerges rather late in spring, so don't give up on 'm too early! Drought-tolerant. Attracts monarch butterflies.

After flowering, the elongated-blimp-shaped seedpods provide garden interest.

Asclepias tuberosa
butterfly weed

In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: front yard, driveway bed, rock garden annex

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Garden '00 seed. Baggy, 70F (100%G, 3-5d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy, 70F (100%G, 4-6d)
  3. Seed for 'Gay Butterflies mix' from '04 trade, originally from T&M. Baggy 70F (62%G, 4-6d)

Conclusion: no light required, maintain viability for years.


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