Butterfly Milkweed – Asclepias tuberosa

Plant Family: Asclepiadaceae – Milkweed family

Other Names: Butterflyweed, Butterfly Plant

Butterfly Milkweed  (Asclepias tuberosa) is one of the most beautiful of the milkweed plants.  It is great for the garden because is not aggressive and is long lived.  Its bright orange flowers stand out in any garden, or on the landscape.  This milkweed is available at many garden centers and seed catalogs were its usually called Butterfly Plant to avoid the association with the word weed.  Even native plant nurseries change the names of milkweed to make them more marketable.

Of course it attracts many species of butterflies including Monarch Butterflies that feed on the nectar as adults and the leaves as larvae.  Learn more about the milkweed family on the Common Milkweed page.   Also see Marsh Milkweed

Butterfly Weed Flower

A newly emerged Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) dries it wings on Butterfly Milkweed Plant (Asclepias tuberosa).  Click to purchase a print of this photo

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