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Butterflyweed

 Asclepias tuberosa

 

Description:

Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) (a member of the milkweed family) is a host to Monarch butterfly larvae. We love that it lures many beautiful butterflies to our gardens.

Habitat:

Well drained sandy soil.

Foliage:

Linear to oblong to lanceolate. Bottom of leaf is a lighter green than the top. 2 to 4 inches long and 3/8 to 3/4 inches wide.

Flowers & Berries:

Small yellow-white individual flowers in loose drooping clusters. Fragrant, attractant to bees and insects. Small round cream colored nutlet to follow.

 

Growing Requirements of this and other Elms Nursery Plants

Monarch larva

Photos Hester Burch

 

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