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Plant Name:

Butterfly Milkweed

Scientific Name:

Asclepias tuberosa


Butterfly Milkweed is a native perennial wildflower with vibrant orange flowers and slender, lance-shaped leaves. It is a popular plant for attracting butterflies, especially monarch butterflies, as it serves as a host plant for their larvae.


Dry, well-drained soils, prairies, meadows, roadsides, open areas


Butterfly Milkweed is a vital nectar source for various butterfly species, including monarch butterflies. It is also an important host plant for monarch butterfly larvae. The plant's flowers provide nectar for other pollinators as well.

Growing Conditions:

Butterfly Milkweed prefers full sun and well-drained soils. It is drought-tolerant and can tolerate poor soil conditions.


Butterfly Milkweed is often used in butterfly gardens, native plant landscapes, and pollinator habitat restoration projects. It is also known for its medicinal properties and is used in herbal remedies.

(please exercise caution and consult additional sources or experts before consuming any vegetation):

Young shoots, flowers, and immature pods can be eaten

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Fun Facts:

Butterfly Milkweed is sometimes referred to as "Orange Milkweed" or "Pleurisy Root".

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