Asclepias tuberosa

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

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

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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
Habitats:Sandhill, clayhill, scrub, ruderal


Recommended Uses:Wildflower garden, meadow.
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
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 Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Sand



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.