Asclepias tuberosa (Apocynaceae)
1985 NC Wildflower of the Year. Broad clusters of vivid orange flowers top compact, bushy foliage in early summer. This sun-loving plant is a great complement to Stokesí Asters, coneflowers and grasses. Like many tap-rooted and long-lived meadow species, Butterfly Weed takes a few seasons to reach full size. It is also one of the later plants to emerge in spring; mark its location well so you'll know where to expect it the following year. Our seed strain is adapted to clay soil.
Bloom color: orange
Bloom period: early-summer
Container size: Qt.