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The Milkweeds Database: Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa 'Gay Butterflies')

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 24 - 48 inches
Plant Spread: 18 - 24 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Flower Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Inflorescence Type: Umbel
Underground structures: Tuber
Uses: Attracts Bees
Attracts Butterflies
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Root
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Various insects
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant


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Posted by Marilyn (Hebron, KY - Zone 6a) on Nov 6, 2011 2:02 PM

Love this plant when it's in bloom! It's beautiful in full bloom! Beautiful orange color! It's a brighter orange color than all my other orange (non 'Gay Butterflies' variety) Butterfly Weed plants.

Love it when it's full of Monarch Butterflies!

Give this plant some space to enjoy the full beauty of it!

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