Description

**Pre-orders are for local pickup only. We do not ship plants. Please double check your location and ensure you are able to pick up your plants in the spring (available for pickup starting May 11th). Specify pickup date in 'notes' when completing your order.

**This plant is native to Northern Michigan

Growing Requirements:

  • Flourishes in well-drained soil
  • Requires full sun
  • Tolerant of various soil types, including sandy and loamy soils
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Hardy in USDA zones 4-9

Features:

Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a stunning native perennial renowned for its vibrant orange flowers, attractive foliage, and vital role in supporting pollinators, particularly butterflies. Its resilience, drought tolerance, and low maintenance make it an ideal choice for butterfly gardens, meadows, and naturalized areas. This native plant not only adds beauty to the landscape but also serves as a valuable nectar source for butterflies and other pollinators.

Mature Size and Form:

In optimal conditions, Butterfly Weed can reach a height of 1 to 3 feet with a similar spread. Its upright stems are adorned with narrow, lance-shaped leaves and topped with clusters of bright orange flowers, creating a striking visual display in gardens and meadows.

Benefits to the Local Ecosystem:

Butterfly Weed offers several ecological benefits, enriching the local ecosystem and supporting biodiversity:

  • Butterfly Habitat: Butterfly Weed serves as a crucial nectar source for butterflies, including monarchs, swallowtails, and fritillaries, attracting these beautiful insects to gardens and providing essential food for their adult stage.
  • Pollinator Attraction: The vibrant orange flowers of Butterfly Weed attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, enhancing pollination and promoting biodiversity in gardens and meadows.
  • Drought Tolerance: Butterfly Weed is well-adapted to dry conditions and thrives in sunny, well-drained areas, making it an excellent choice for xeriscaping and water-wise gardens.
  • Wildlife Support: Butterfly Weed provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including birds, insects, and small mammals, contributing to habitat diversity and ecological balance in naturalized areas.
  • Visual Appeal: With its vibrant flowers and attractive foliage, Butterfly Weed adds beauty and color to gardens, meadows, and naturalized areas, creating a vibrant and inviting outdoor space.
  • Low Maintenance: Once established, Butterfly Weed is relatively low-maintenance, requiring minimal watering and care. It's an excellent choice for gardeners seeking a resilient and beautiful plant that supports pollinators and wildlife.