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Butterfly Weed

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: 
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn Oval Bed
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2001 Jun 20 to 2001 Sep 62002 Jun 7 to 2002 Sep 202003 Jun 9 to 2003 Sep 62004 May 25 to 2004 Aug 272005 Jun 10 to 2005 Sep 172006 Jul 20 to 2006 Aug 172007 Jun 25 to 2007 Sep 282008 Jun 6 to 2008 Oct 132009 Jun 19 to 2009 Sep 12010 Jul 1 to 2010 Nov 12013 Jun 6 to 2013 Sep 112014 Jun 5 to 2014 Aug 62015 Jun 15
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