Asclepias tuberosa - Butterfly Milkweed
Asclepias tuberosa - Butterfly Milkweed

Butterfly Milkweed

Asclepias tuberosa

  • Round clusters of orange flowers
  • Attractive seed heads appear when flowers finish
  • Food source for Monarch butterflies
  • Bloom Time: Summer



30-60 cm

30-50 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Asclepias grows in a dry to average, well-drained soil and is drought tolerant. Slow to emerge in the spring. Mature plants seed freely. Asclepias tuberosa has a deep tap root and does not like to be disturbed, once established. The tuberous root can rot in poorly-drained soils. Susceptible to leaf rust. 

Additional Notes about Butterfly Milkweed:

Native to Ontario

The root was widely used by Aboriginals and pioneers alike, to treat bronchial and pulmonary disorders.