Butterfly Weed

butterfly weed
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
At a Glance
  • Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun/Shade
  • Mature Height: 2 to 3 Feet
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 9
  • Soil Conditions: Moist, Well-Drained
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Bloom Color: Orange
  • Bloom Season: July through August
  • Size: Medium

Features of Butterfly Weed


Upright plant with long narrow leaves. Clusters of brilliant orange flowers followed by a swollen seed pod. Emerges very late in the spring. Attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.


  • Requires well-drained soil in sun to light shade
  • Division and transplanting of large plants is difficult due to the tap root system.
  • Cut back in the spring and not in the fall.