2017 Perennial Plant of the Year
Butterfly Weed - A North American native plant
Asclepias tuberosa are butterfly magnets. The flowers are a nectar source for many butterflies and leaves are a source for the monarch butterfly caterpillars.
Additionally, butterfly weed is subject to no serious insect or disease problems. Deer usually avoid butterfly weed.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9
Light: Butterfly weed grows best in full sun
Soil: Grows best in well-drained soils and it is drought tolerant
Uses: Butterfly weed is a perfect selection for full-sun meadow or prairie gardens as well as formal to semi-formal urban gardens. Flower arrangers find the plants make long-lasting cut flowers.
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