• slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide

Butterfly Weed

Botanical Name
Asclepias tuberosa
Hardiness
Zones 4 to 9
Height
18 to 36 inches
Width
12 to 24 inches
Flowers
Late spring thru late summer: red, orange, yellow
Light
Full sun
Soil
Well-drained, dry
Planting & Care
  • Butterfly weed does well in dry, infertile soil
  • Because of its deep taproot, dividing is not recommended
  • Wait until spring to cut plants back
  • Be patient, plants are slow to emerge in the spring
  • In colder zones, apply a winter mulch to prevent frost heaving
Problems
Rot in poorly drained soils, rust, leaf spots
Varieties
  • Gay Butterflies - reds, oranges, and yellows

Related Content

Upcoming Appearances

 
Jan. 20, 2021
Growing Herbs Indoors
Webinar

Register today

Jan. 27, 2021
Low Maintenance Houseplants
for Low Light Situations
Webinar

Register today

Feb. 3, 2021
Organic Control for 
Houseplant Pests
Webinar

Register today

Plus, you can watch Melinda's past webinars on demand for a limited time.

Learn More

Book an Appearance

Learn More

Win The Great Courses' Container Gardening Tips & Techniques DVD set

ENTER NOW