Orange Butterfly Milkweed – Asclepias tuberosa
It’s not called Butterfly milkweed for nothing! Large clusters of distinctive orange flowers attract a host of pollinators, especially butterflies. This is a bushy warm season perennial with a deep taproot. Take care when transplanting to avoid damage to the taproot, and avoid transplanting once established. Abundant dark green foliage provides a perfect backdrop for the bright flowers. This milkweed has a watery translucent sap instead of the characteristic thick, milky sap of other milkweeds, so is not a host plant for monarch larvae, but adults do nectar on it. Matures over time to an upright clump 18-24 inches tall and equally as wide, slow to emerge in spring, blooms June – August. Not bothered by deer, but eaten by rabbits. Needs full sun to bloom, prefers sandy soil, but will grow in almost any type, including gravel or clay, as long as it is well-drained. It is very drought tolerant once established.
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