"I think the neatest thing about Butterfly Weed is that depending on geographic location there are varied shades of the flowers. I can’t think of another species of milkweed that does this to such a degree. In Kansas I’ve witnessed flowers that are pure yellow and while in Colorado they are bright orange. In Munich, Germany I saw them in cut flower arrangements in yellow, orange, and even red." — Bobby Gendron
- Latin name: Asclepias tuberosa
- Quantity of seeds per packet: 50
- Monarch butterfly host plant
- Brilliant orange flowers
- Hardy perennial
- 24" - 36" tall
- Blooms from June until August
- Cold hardy in USDA zones 3 - 11
Growing Instructions: Start Butterfly Weed seeds outdoors in the spring after the danger of nighttime freezing has past. Pick a location with full sun and prepare soil for good drainage, if needed. Plant seeds 1/8" deep and 18” apart, using 3 seeds per hole. Keep the soil evenly moist until the seeds germinate in 10 - 20 days. Once the seedlings reach 1", thin out so you have individual plants spaced 18” apart. Water regularly allowing the soil to go nearly dry between each watering. Fertilize monthly in the summer with a general purpose fertilizer. To get a head start, seeds can be planted indoors in the late winter. Transplant outdoors after the danger of nighttime freezing has past.
Butterfly Weed Range Map:
Map ©: Kartesz, J.T. 2013. Floristic Synthesis of North America, Version 1.0. Biota of North America Program (BONAP).
Butterfly Weed is native to the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin