Asclepias tuberosa is a drought-tolerant perennial with bright orange flowers that bloom in mid summer, attracting hummingbirds and butterflies. The foliage is a food source for Monarch and Queen butterfly larvae.
Butterfly Weed is tough and long-lived once it is established, but it doesn't like to be transplanted. It prefers well-drained soil in full sun. Also known as Pleurisy Root. Deer resistant. Hardy in zones 4-10.
Sowing Asclepias tuberosa Seeds:
Sow indoors in late winter. Barely cover the seeds, then refrigerate for 3 weeks. Or sow outdoors in the fall. Full sun. Spacing 12".