Since 1996, K & K Gardens has been offering Northeast Iowa the largest selection of new and unusual perennials, annuals, woody ornamentals, water garden plants, water garden equipment, accessories, garden gifts, tools, and an incredible selection of hosta.
K & K Gardens has nearly one acre of enchanting perennial gardens displaying endless ideas for all levels of the gardening enthusiast.
Located on the southern edge of Northeast Iowa's rolling hills in the small community of Hawkeye, Iowa, this retail nursery has been referred to as a "must see" destination for every gardener.
Hawkeye is located approximately 25 miles southwest of Decorah, Iowa, 50 miles North of Waterloo, Iowa, 25 miles east of New Hampton, Iowa and 45 miles west of Marquette, Iowa.
If traveling to Hawkeye on Highway 18, please follow the blue directional signs posted at the intersection of US Highway 18 and County Road W-14.
For a detailed map and directions, click 'Get Directions' in the upper right corner of our web page.
Asclepias tuberosa - Butterfly Weed
Commonly known as butterfly weed, this long-lived and striking perennial is native to the United States. It has vibrant orange/red/yellow flowers that seem to jump out. Butterfly weed is a great addition to a sunny garden with average to dry soils. As the common name suggests, these plants are butterfly magnets.
Butterfly weed is a member of Apocynaceae, or milkweed family. The leaves are 2-5" long, more or less alternate, growing closely together spiraling up the stem. Leaves are dark green on top, lighter green beneath. Stems are hairy and branched near the top with at clusters of many showy flowers in late spring through mid-July.
Mature plants do not transplant well so proper siting is important. Young plants develop from a single central stem but with age plants will tiller (develop shoots) at the base, sending up multiple erect stems from a large taproot extending down a foot or more. Due to the taproot, division is difficult but can be done in early spring before new growth begins. Butterfly weed is hardy to zones 4-9 and reaches 2-3' high with about a 2' spread. Don't cut back in late fall; rather wait until early spring. Mulching young plants prevents frost heaving. Be patient since butterfly weed is slow to emerge in the spring.
Since Asclepias tuberosa is a native prairie plant, butterfly weed is quite comfortable in meadow gardens, native plantings and wildlife sanctuaries but is finding its way into more formal to semi-formal urban gardens. Plant in large masses, for an unrivaled display of eye-popping orange flower color. Butterfly weed pairs well with summer blooming Phlox, Hemerocallis, Liatris, Echinacea, Salvia, and most of June/July sun loving perennials. Another bonus is that deer will leave Asclepias tuberosa alone!
Many bees, wasps, ants, butterflies and beetles visit butterfly weed as well as hummingbirds.
For your convenience, you can purchase K&K Garden Gift Cards online!
Cards arrive in a garden decor' gift box, and are ready to be gifted. Our Gift Cards can be purchased for any amount, arrive within 2-3 days of purchase, and never expire. K&K Gift Cards are always appreciated by the special person in your life!
Get paid for shopping at K&K Gardens! For every $50.00 you spend, receive $5 in K&K Greenbacks.
This incredible loyalty program is simple. We keep track of your purchases during April through August. This total is divided by $50, and we pay you $5 for every $50 you spent in the form of K&K Greenbacks.
K&K Greenbacks will be sent to you the first week in September. They can only be redeemed during the months of September and October of the same year.
Greenbacks CAN be used in addition, or with advertised sales, discounts, or promotions; allowing you an even greater discount.