Asclepias (Butterfly Weed)

Asclepias_tuberosa_in_Farmington,_CT_4Asclepias (Butterfly Weed) is an outstanding perennial for the butterfly garden, native garden or – any garden.  It’s bright, gorgeous clusters of blooms hardly warrant being called a weed!  Asclepias attract many pollinators and are butterfly magnets.  Monarch butterflies love this as a host plant as well; larva love to feed on it’s leaves, but rarely do enough damage to harm the plant.  Deadhead if you do not want Asclepias to spread as it will re-seed in the garden.  It’s also deer resistant and drought tolerant.  Need we say more?  Oh yeah, it also blooms nearly all summer!

Asclepias tuberosa ‘Gay Butterflies’ produces beautiful masses of tiny blossoms in shades of orange, red, pink, or lemon yellow.

Asclepias tuberosa ‘Hello Yellow’ is a cultivar that produces bright yellow flowers instead of orange.

Asclepias incarnata ‘Ice Ballet’ works well in medium to wet soils.  White blooms.

Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed) has clusters of attractive pink blooms.