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Asclepias tuberosa 'Gay Butterflies' (Butterfly weed)

Asclepias tuberosa 'Gay Butterflies'

Butterfly weed

This is a selection from the native Asclepias and is therefore hardy and highly adaptable to many environments, including dry soil and even temporarily sopping-wet soil. 


Height

24-28 Inches

Spread

18-24 Inches

Bloom Color

Mixed Colors

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Butterfly weed Interesting Notes

The perfect landing pad for all sorts of pollinators, but most especially for the butterfly. The vivid orange flat-top flowers casting red overtones and yellow centers. Not only is it nutritional and highly attractive to beneficial pollinators, it is also wonderfully aromatic during its entire blooming period. Beginning in mid-summer through to a late warm Indian summer, 'Gay Butterflies' is full of flowers against upright stems of narrow leaved foliage. The unique seed pods appear shortly after each spent bloom.

It can tend to get leggy as its parents do, so an under-planting or planting in mass is advisable. We have read reliable reports that this Asclepias is sensitive to urban pollution, so street-side planting without an appropriate buffer of other plant material may prove detrimental to its survivability.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Butterflies
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds
Full Sun
Full Sun
Summer
Summer
Average
Average
Fragrant
Fragrant
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Summer
Late Spring / Early Summer
Propagation Type
Seed cultivar
Attributes
Native to North America
Meadow
Dry Sun