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Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

About Butterfly Milkweed

Butterfly Milkweed is a Herb. Herbs are broad-leaved, herbaceous (non-woody) plant. Herbaceous plants are also known as forbs or wildflowers

Plant Names (Nomenclature)

Common Plant Name Butterfly Milkweed
Scientific Plant Name Asclepias tuberosa
Other Common Names Buterfly weed, Orange Milkweed
Other Scientific Names Asclepias tuberosa var. interior
Common Family Name Milkweed
Scientific Family Name Asclepiadaceae

Origin

Native Status Kansas Native Native Species: Native to Kansas and the United States

Growth Characteristics

Growth Habit/Form Herb Herbs are broad-leaved, herbaceous (non-woody) plant. Herbaceous plants are also known as forbs or wildflowers
Life Span Perennial Perennials are herbaceous plants that live three or more years
Maximum Height 2.5 feet height in feet
Maximum Spread 3.0 feet width in feet
Flower Color Orange, Red colors of the flowers
Flowering Season June - July typical months to expect blooms
Reproduction Seed Only methods of reproduction

Growth Requirements

Sun Exposure Full Sun Full Sun: direct sun 8 or more hours of the day
Part Sun: direct sun 4 to 8 hours of the day; about half a day of sun
Shade: direct sun 0 to 4 hours of the day
Soil Moisture Medium to Dry Wet: Soil is soggy or marshy
Moist: Soil tends to stay moist and rarely dries out
Medium: Average soil moisture, little or now slope
Drained: Soil is well drained, never soggy; medium slope
Dry: Soil is dry, often typical of rocky soil; steep slope

Purchase

Seeds/Plants available to buy at the Butterfly Milkweed Store.

Images

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