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Butterfly Weed

2017 Perennial Plant of the Year

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  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun
  • Height/Habit: 18 - 24 inches
  • Zone: 4-9
  • Flowering Date: June to August
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Butterfly Weed

Description
Showy native perennial features clusters of flowers in orange-yellow shades. Its flowers are a nectar source for many butterflies—and monarchs love the leaves. Its seed pods are valued in dried floral arrangements. This drought-tolerant sun lover is a favorite for butterfly gardens, naturalized areas and sunny borders. 3" pot. Asclepias tuberosa

Perennial •Z5-9 •H18-24"xW18-36" •Summer •Sun-Part Shade

Product Details
  • Season Spring
  • Unit of Measure1
  • Botanical NameAsclepias tuberosa
  • Sun ExposureFull Sun
  • State RestrictionsAE AK GU HI PR
  • Spread18 - 36 inches
  • Spacing18 - 36 inches
  • Hardiness Zone4-9
  • Flowering DateJune to August
  • Planting InstructionsDig a hole large enough to accommodate the roots without bending them. Work soil around the roots, firm well and water thoroughly. Place with the top of root about 1/2-1'' below soil level and 15-18'' apart.
  • Winter CareNone special.
  • Flower Color:orange, yellow, mixed
  • Flower FormMilkweed-like blossoms. Flowers close to 1/4" across in short, umbel-like cymes or clusters.
  • Foliage TypeAlternate, lanceolate or oblong, 2-6" long and 1/4 - 1" wide.
  • Soil RequirementWell-drained, dry , infertile sandy soils. Doesn't like wet soils. Cannot compete with surface-rooted trees.
  • PruningDeadheading can prolong blooming time. After flowering.
  • Additional InformationMedicinal properties to roots. Leaves and stems are poisonous to animals. Slow to emerge in spring, so be careful not to disturb it during early spring clean-up. It will compete successfully with the grasses.
  • Unique CharactersticsAttractive, brightly-colored blooms lure butterflies to the garden. Flowers and pods can be used in dried arrangements and have a long vase life. Free-flowering. Drought and deer tolerant.
  • Shipped2.5 INCH POT
  • Height/Habit18 - 24 inches
  • Growth RateModerate.
Shipping Information

When will my order ship?

Plants will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area of the country during the shipping timeframes outlined below:

2018 Spring Shipping Schedule
Zone Perennials & Potted Plants
1A-4B 5/7/18 - 6/22/18
5A 4/2/18 - 6/22/18
5B 3/19/18 - 6/22/18
6A 3/12/18 - 6/22/18
6B 3/5/18 - 6/22/18
7A & 7B 2/26/18 - 6/22/18
8A & 8B 2/19/18 - 5/18/18
9A - 10B 2/12/18 - 5/18/18
Last Order Date Zones 1-7: June 18th, 2018
Zones 8-10: May 14th, 2018

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