Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
- A Monarch butterfly caterpillar food source, this 2' tall, heat and drought tolerant US native can be found in all but seven Pacific Northwest states. Clumps are topped with branched terminal clusters of brilliant orange flowers, which are enjoyed by butterflies. The flowers are followed by unusual seed pods that burst open to spread their silk laden seed. Good drainage and plenty of sun are the keys to success. Deer hate it!
- Prefers full sun & well-drained soil.
- This easy-to-grow perennial forms 2' tall x 2' wide clumps of upright stems, clothed with fuzzy, narrow green leaves. Dormant in winter.