orange butterfly weed

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

Bright orange flowers in summer, with attractive seed pods in fall.

Botanical Name Asclepias tuberosa
Common Name orange butterfly weed
Family Apocynaceae
USDA Zone 3 thru 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 Provides Food for Birds, Hosts Caterpillars of Butterflies/Moths, Attracts Pollinators, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores
Additional Information Native to Chicago Region. Also known as orange milkweed. Provides food for Several Host-Specific Species Including the Monarch Butterfly.
Location in Lurie Garden Northwest Light Plate, Southwest Light Plate, Bird Border – Columbus

Average Flowering Time