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Directory of Wildflowers

Butterfly Weed
Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly weed in flower
Butterfly weed in flower

Quick Profile

Exposure
Full Sun
 
Mature Height
1 - 2 Feet
 
USDA Hardiness Zones
4 - 9 
 
Native To:
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Michigan
Missouri
Ohio
Wisconsin
 
Soil Conditions
Dry
Moist, Well-Drained
 
Bloom Color
Orange
Red
 
Bloom Season
June - September
 

Features

Clusters of orange to red-orange flowers followed by narrow seedpods filled with seeds attached to white fluff.

Culture

Full sun; very tolerant of dry, infertile soils.

Notes

Found in fields and dry soils.