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Butterfly Weed

Asclepias tuberosa

Plants form an upright clump of narrow green leaves, bearing showy clusters of orange or gold flowers in mid to late summer.
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Characteristics:

Bloom Time:

Blooms mid to late summer

Mature Height:

23-35 Inches

Hardiness Zone:

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Exposure:

Full Sun

Features and Usage:

Greenhouse Growing Instructions:

Grow at 48-55°F to promote root growth. Asclepias require long days to break dormancy. Once actively growing, move to 60°F and keep evenly moist to wet. Fertilize accordingly. Plants generally finish in 8-10 weeks based on growing conditions.
Plants Per Gallon: 1
Storage Temperature Prior to Planting: 45-60
Cooler Humidity Prior to Planting: High

Transplanting Instructions:

Plant in well draining soil keeping crown of plant at the same level it was in the plug. Avoid planting too deeply. Once potted; water slightly and apply a broad spectrum fungicide to avoid crown and root rot.

Homeowner Planting and Maintenance Tips:

A native North American wildflower, this is the primary source of food for both the adult and juvenile Monarch Butterflies, and it is often included in butterfly gardens. The seed pods that follow are used in dried arrangements, and should be picked and dried while still green. Very late to come up in the spring, so mark the spot by planting daffodils or other companion bulbs. Needs well-drained sandy soil. CAUTION: Harmful if eaten.

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We have done our best to describe this plant as accurately as possible, however, different climates
and growing conditions in different parts of the country will affect height, bloom time, and color.