Butterfly Milkweed

Asclepias tuberosa

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

ZONE:
4

COLOUR:
Orange

HEIGHT:
30-60 cm

SPREAD:
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, established 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.