Asclepias tuberosa is a long blooming perennial with bright orange flower clusters that attract butterflies. Commonly referred to as Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa leaves provide a larval food source for monarch butterflies. Deadhead this plant to encourage rebloom.
Butterfly Weed is native to all but the northwest United States. It is typically found in prairies, open woods, and roadsides or other areas with sandy soil.
Asclepias tuberosa prefers full sun and average to moist, well-drained soil. The plant forms a long tap root so it resents transplanting once established. Asclepias tuberosa is late to break dormancy in the spring.