Butterfly Weed

Asclepias tuberosa

[asclepias_tuberosa]

Butterfly Weed, also known as Bloodflower, Swallow-wort, and Mexican Milkeed, is a native North American perennial that is especially valued for its summer flowers in brilliant shades of orange to red. It was recommended for gardens by Robert Buist in his influential work, The American Flower Garden Directory, published in 1839. He called it one of our finest wildflowers, and commented on its suitability for dry places.

Growth Type: Perennial Color(s): Orange, Reds Hardiness Zones: 4 - 9 Location at Monticello: West Lawn Oval Bed Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it: 38.01028,-78.45326

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Blooming Dates 2001: Jan 1 – Jan 12001: Jun 20 – Sep 62002: Jun 7 – Sep 202003: Jun 9 – Sep 62004: May 25 – Aug 272005: Jun 10 – Sep 172006: Jul 20 – Aug 172007: Jun 25 – Sep 282008: Jun 6 – Oct 132009: Jun 19 – Sep 12010: Jul 1 – Nov 12013: Jun 6 – Sep 11