Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
A star member of the milkweed family with a short stature and lovely orange blooms that are attractive to a range of pollinators! Does not tolerate wet soil, and is commonly overwatered in gardens. Prefers poor soils and neglect, and a long taproot makes it drought resistant when established. Hosts monarch butterflies!
Light: Full Sun
Soil Moisture: Mesic, Dry Mesic, Dry
Soil Type: Sandy, Rocky
Bloom Color: Orange
Bloom Time: Jun-Aug
Root Type: Taproot
Notable Wildlife Interactions: Flowers attract a wide variety of pollinators including bees, wasps, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Hosts insects such as milkweed bugs and beetles, the monarch butterfly, and the unexpected cycnia moth. Despite its lack of the chemicals common in other milkweeds, it is rarely browsed by mammals.