butterfly weed

Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed) has a long bloom time, is easy to grow and is a must for butterfly gardens.

Seed pods attractive in fall.

Botanical Name Asclepias tuberosa
Common Name butterfly weed
Family Apocynaceae
USDA Zone 3 to 9
Light Requirement Full Sun
Season(s) of interest Summer, Fall
Height and Spread
1-2.5ft x 1-1.5ft (30-75cm x 30-45cm)
Flower Color Orange
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Monarch Butterflies and Many Other Pollinators. Hosts Butterflies, Moths and Several Other Host-Plant Specific Species of Insects. Provides Food for Birds.
Additional Information
Native to the Chicago Region. Also known as orange butterflyweed and orange milkweed.
Location in Lurie Garden
Northwest Light Plate, Southwest Light Plate, Bird Border-Columbus