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Asclepias tuberosa
Common Name: Butterfly Milkweed Family: Asclepiadaceae (The Milkweed Family)

Asclepias tuberosa is native to the Eastern North America where its flowers are a nectar source for monarch butterflies. This species erupts with brilliant orange flowers in midsummer followed by attractive green seed pods filled with silky "parachutes" that catch the autumn winds. Full sun, dry soil. Late to emerge in spring so be patient. Deer resistant.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Americas - North America

Native Habitat:
Dry open sandy and gravelly soils and grassy places by the sides of roads.

ClassDeciduous Primary Bloom ColourOrange
TypePerennial Secondary Bloom Colour
Height12-24" Bloom TimeSummer
Spread8-12" FragranceYes
Light ExposureLoves Sun Sun Foliage ColourGreen
Soil MoistureDry Average Drought Tolerant Stem Colour
Hardiness3-9 BerriesYes
BC NativeNo

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Recommended Companion Plants:
Lithodora diffusa ‘Grace Ward’
Platycodon grandiflorum ‘Sentimental Blue’

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