Asclepias tuberosa 'Gay Butterflies'

Butterfly Weed, Silkwood

Herbaceous Perennial

Nectar from the bright yellow, orange and red flowers are the preferred food source for monarch butterfly larvae. This meadow wildflower likes dry, well-drained soil and a sunny location, and thrives in the Xeriscape!

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Growing Conditions

Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Exposure: Full Sun, Afternoon Sun, Reflected Heat

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Low, Regular / Even


Size: 24 - 36 tall x 24 - 36 wide
Shape / Form: Clumping, Upright
Foliage Texture: Medium
Foliage Quality: Medium

Features: Attracts Bees, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Drought-tolerant / Water wise, Flowers, Long Blooming, Native Plant

Flower Color: Orange, Yellow / Gold
Bloom Season: Jul, Aug, Sep, Summer, Fall
Flower Shape: Cluster

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Beds and Borders, Cutting Garden, Hell Strip
Special Situations: Deer Resistant, Low Water / No Water, Tough / Fool-Proof
Wildlife: Beneficial Insects, Birds, Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Hummingbirds, Pollinators

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Summer, Fall
Position / Role: matrix / mingler
Plant Behavior: Fast Growing / Vigorous
Collections: Plants That Earn Their Keep

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: medium

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