Asclepias tuberosa Incarnata Butterfly Butterfly Plant (Pink), Milkweed Incarnata Butterfly Plant Asclepias, Milkweed,

Tuberosa Butterfly Flower, Asclepias tuberosa (milkweed) (24″ x 24″) is a zone 3 native prairie plant of North America. This long-lived hassle-free perennial is attractive to hummingbirds, Monarch butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. It can grow even in poor soil but likes good drainage. It likes a full day of sun.

According to Perennial Resource, Tuberosa Butterfly Flower blossoms for three months from

“early through late summer. Deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, Monarch butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects.

Gather bouquets of Asclepias all summer long; the long stems are wonderful for cutting and are long-lasting. Sear the ends of the cut stems over a flame to stop the milky sap from leaking out. Following the fabulous flowers, green fruits develop which rupture to reveal seeds with long, silvery-white, silky hairs reminiscent of its cousin, common milkweed. These are great to use in dried flower arrangements.”

“Once established, Butterfly Weed is drought-tolerant and requires little care. Though it is perfectly cold-hardy in the north, mulching plants in winter will help prevent frost-heaving. In spring, trim back last year’s growth and await the beautiful new foliage which will appear quite a bit later than other perennials. It’s a good idea to grow this perennial from seed; division, though seldomly needed, is difficult because of the plant’s long tap root.”

Bright, candy-pink flowers. Attracts many types of butterflies, but is best known for being the sole host plant of the famous Monarch Butterfly. Large clusters of flowers will bloom for many weeks and are followed by attractive green seed pods. Permanent, full sun location.

Vesey’s Seeds 2015 2 roots Tuberosa Butterfly Plant.

Companion plants include veronica spicata (Speedwell) and salvia nemorosa,
Tuberosa Butterfly Plant favors dry, sand or gravel soil. Water fairly sparingly.

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