Asclepias tuberosa

butterflyweed, orange milkweed


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Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: short-lived perennial
Size: Height: 1 to 2 ft    Width: 0.5 to 1.5 ft
Flower Color: flower color      orange
Fruit Color: 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: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: 4.8 to 6.8


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Known for butterflies, bees, other insects. Larval host to the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), queen butterfly (Danaus gilippus) and soldier butterfly, (Danaus eresimus).
Native Habitats: Sandhill, clayhill, scrub, ruderal

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


The species was important medicianally for several Indian tribes.

Other Comments:

Sometimes difficult to establish in new areas, but definitely worth the effort.