Butterfly Weed Orange

Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Weed Orange
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A virtually hassle free perennial!  The tangerine blooms (sometimes in shades of red or yellow) appear early summer and last through to late summer.  The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and  pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, Monarch butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects.  Deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one.  Gather bouquets of Asclepias all summer long:  the long stems are perfect for cutting, and are long-lasting.  Sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to prevent the milky sap from leaking out.   Following the flowers, green fruits develop which rupture to reveal seeds with long, silvery-white, silky hairs.  The seed pods are great to use in dried flower arrangements.

Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Flower Color

Bright orange

Foliage Color

Green shades

Plant Spread

15 in.

Plant Height

15 in.

Hardness Zone

3-8

Good Companions

Globe Thistle
Aster 'Wood's Light Blue'
Butterfly Bush 'Black Knight'
Coreopsis
Verbascum
Veronica
Red Valerian

Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes

Cut flower or foliage
Border
Beds

Bloom Time

May to September

Critter Resistance

Deer resistant

Exposure

Full sun

Growth Rate

Medium

Seasonal Interests

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