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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.
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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: 
June 20, 2001 to September 6, 2001June 7, 2002 to September 20, 2002June 9, 2003 to September 6, 2003May 25, 2004 to August 27, 2004June 10, 2005 to September 17, 2005July 20, 2006 to August 17, 2006June 25, 2007 to September 28, 2007June 6, 2008 to October 13, 2008June 19, 2009 to September 1, 2009July 1, 2010 to November 1, 2010June 6, 2013 to September 11, 2013June 5, 2014 to August 6, 2014June 15, 2015 to September 24, 2015June 17, 2016 to October 14, 2016June 15, 2018 to October 17, 2018June 25, 2020

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