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Butterfly Weed

Asclepias tuberosa

 

Butterflies are very attracted to asclepias, hence the common name. A vigorous, hardy, and rugged grower, plants are about two feet tall and can become invasive. The spiky leafed stem carries large bracts of dozens of red buds which turn orange as they open. It prefers full sun and a well-drained soil. An interesting and long lasting cut flower, the seed pod can also be useful as an everlasting. Also known as Pleurisy root.  40 seeds 

 

PLANTING

Perennial,  zone 4-8

Germination: 14-30 days

Seed Planting Depth:On surface, press in and cover lightly

Starting Indoors/Outdoors:  Start indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost. Cold treat seed by sowing into moist soil or paper towel, wrap in a clear plastic bag and place in refrigerator for 2-3 weeks; then provide 65-75 degree soil temperatures until germination. Sow outdoors in early spring or early fall, spacing 5-10 seeds every 12". 

Height and Width:  18-24" x 12-24"

Spacing: 12-18"

Light  Needs:  Full sun to light shade

Soil Needs:  Average to sandy, well drained

Approximate days to flower from seed:  Blooms in the second year, mid to late summer

Uses: Wildflower and cottage gardens, cut flower, deer resistant, attracts butterflies and beneficials

Caution:Young shoots,roots and seeds pods are harmful if ingested raw

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