Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly weed) features showy orange (pure native) or yellow (selection ‘Hello Yellow’) flower heads bloom in early summer and continue for a long period on 24-30″ plants. Very tough plants tolerate heat and drought in horrible clay soil. Fantastic planted with native grasses, Rudbeckias and other native flowers. Essential food source for Monarch butterflies.
Preferred plant of the Monarch butterfly, also attracts checkerspots, hairstreaks, honeybees, hummingbirds, painted lady butterflies, pale swallowtails, sphinx moths, queens, tiger swallowtails, variegated fritillaries and more.