2017 Perennial Plant of the Year™ A great pollinator plant! You will also know it as Butterfly weed, butterfly plant and a member of the milkweed family.
Butterfly Weed - A North American Native Plant
Asclepias tuberosa are butterfly magnets. Flowers are a nectar source for many butterflies and leaves are a source for the monarch butterfly caterpillars. Additionally, butterfly weed is subject to no serious insect or disease problems. Deer usually avoid butterfly weed.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9 Light: Butterfly weed grows best in full sun Soil: Grows best in well-drained soils and it is drought tolerant Uses: Butterfly weed is a perfect selection for full-sun meadow or prairie gardens as well as formal to semi-formal urban gardens. Flower arrangers find the plants make long-lasting cut flowers.
For more information about Asclepias tuberosa, visit the Perennial Plant Association
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taken from Perennial Plant Association's Perennial Plant of the Year for 2017
Till next time, this is Becky Litterer, Becky's Greenhouse Dougherty Iowa