Asclepias tuberosa

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Butterflyweed, Orange Milkweed


Plant Specifics

Size:1 to 2 ft tall by 0.5 to 1.5 ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Orange
Fruit Color:Green
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Wildflower garden, meadow.
Propagation:Can be grown from seed with seed being commercially available.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Acidic to neutral



Reported to attract hummingbirds.


Attracts butterflies, bees, other insects.

Larval host to the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), queen butterfly (Danaus gilippus) and soldier butterfly, (Danaus eresimus). Despite its name, this is not the preferred larval host of the monarch.

Native Habitats:Sandhill, clayhill, scrub, ruderal

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:The species was important medicianally for several Indian tribes.
General Comments:Sometimes difficult to establish in new areas, but definitely worth the effort.