Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Butterfly Weed

Butterfly Weed

Asclepias tuberosa

Full to part sun, medium to dry moisture level, prefers a fertile well-drained sandy loam, moderately acid to neutral pH.  1-2 ft. height, blooms in summer, orange flowers, slow re-seeder.

Germination Code:  C(30)

Native Region:  Statewide

One of the showiest native wildflowers.  Colorful, hardy, long-lived and carefree. Slow to emerge in spring.  Has a deep tap root and resents disturbance.  Blooms for 8 to 10 weeks or more.  Should only be planted on upland sites because does not do well in poorly drained soils. Some seed companies offer an uncommon strain called a “clay buster” which is native to clay soils.  Attracts butterflies and bees, particularly a Monarch butterfly magnet.



One response to “Butterfly Weed

  1. Katie September 20, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I love this little flower, it is doing very well in my garden that gets periodic wet and dry spells and moderate sun. :) Oh, and the soil is heavy on the clay.

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