Butterfly Weed

Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Weed is a stunning perennial native to North America, perfect for Southeast Wisconsin gardens. Known for its vibrant orange blooms, this plant attracts a variety of pollinators, including butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. Blooming from late spring through summer, Butterfly Weed adds a splash of color to any garden and provides essential nectar for monarch butterflies.

This hardy plant thrives in full sun and well-drained soil, making it an excellent choice for sunny borders and meadows. Butterfly Weed is drought-tolerant and low-maintenance, requiring minimal care once established. Its deep taproot helps it withstand dry conditions, and it can thrive in poor, sandy soils where other plants might struggle.

In addition to its ornamental appeal, Butterfly Weed plays a crucial role in supporting local ecosystems. It serves as a host plant for monarch butterfly larvae, providing food for caterpillars. By planting Butterfly Weed, gardeners can contribute to the conservation of these important pollinators.

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