Spring Garden Tips

Butterfly Weed

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Botanical Name

Asclepias tuberosa

Hardiness

Zones 4 to 9

Height

18 to 36 inches

Width

12 to 24 inches

Flowers

Late spring thru late summer: red, orange, yellow

Light

Full sun

Soil

Well-drained, dry

Planting and Care

Butterfly weed does well in dry, infertile soil.

Because of its deep taproot, dividing is not recommended.

Wait until spring to cut plants back.

Be patient, plants are slow to emerge in the spring.

In colder zones, apply a winter mulch to prevent frost heaving.

Problems

Rot in poorly drained soils, rust, leaf spots

Varieties to Consider

Gay Butterflies - reds, oranges, and yellows

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