Butterfly weed

plant profile

Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a species of milkweed native to eastern and southwestern North America. It is commonly known as butterfly weed because of the butterflies that are attracted to the plant by its color and its copious production of nectar.


Plant Type: Perennial

Mature Size: 1 – 2 feet

Roots: Taproot

Exposure: Full Sun

Bloom Time: May – September

Soil Type: Clay, Loam, and Sand

Soil Texture: Dry, Well Drained

Water Needs: Low

Maintenance: Low