Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

One of the most stunning plants for dry, sunny gardens, the orange-red flowers attract butterflies and pollinators to feed on the nectar. A host plant for Monarch butterfly caterpillars. Long-lived when planted in a dry, sunny location with sand or light soil.


Sun:    Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture:    Dry, Medium
Height:    2 feet
Blooms:    June, July, Aug
Color:    Orange
Spacing:    12-18″
Zones:    3-9
Benefits:    Butterflies, Pollinators, Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant

Design Tips

Plant in dry soil. Host plants for monarch caterpillars are most effective when planted next to their favorite butterfly nectar plants that bloom at the same time as the monarch migration such as Coneflowers, Blazing Stars, and Asters.

Companion Plants

Prairie Phlox
New Jersey Tea
Narrow-leaved Coneflower
Rough Blazing Star
Blue Grama Grass
Prairie Dropseed