Asclepias tuberosa (Asclepiadaceae)
1985 NC Wildflower of the Year This is the favored food of Monarch butterflies. Vivid orange flowers atop 2-3' plants complement Stokes' Asters and Coneflowers in early summer. Mature seedpods are especially nice in dried arrangements. Like many tap-rooted and long-lived meadow species, Butterfly Weed takes a few seasons to reach full size. It is one of the later plants to emerge in spring, so leave the old stalks in place to mark its location. Loves full sun; our seed strain is adapted to clay soil. Plant now for next year's Monarchs.
Bloom color: orange
Bloom period: early-summer
Container size: Qt.