Asclepias tuberose is our plant of the week, commonly known as ‘Butterfly Weed’. BUT, you’ll also see this one referred to as ‘Butterfly Plant’ or ‘Butterfly Flower’, reasoning being that some gardeners would prefer to not buy a ‘weed’ for their gardens! Trust me, this is no weed!
Butterfly weed has wonderful foliage, and large orange blooms that welcomes summer, attracting butterflies in droves! Butterfly Weed is a favorite for Swallowtails and Monarchs, not only for the rich nectars, but to lay their eggs as well. (And yes, bees enjoy the nectar, too!)
Tough, extremely hardy, bright orange bloomer (mid to late summer), loves the sun, heat and drought tolerant, deer resistant, and is a native plant to the eastern