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Asclepias tuberosa

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More About Asclepias tuberosa

  • Round clusters of orange flowers
  • Attractive seed heads appear when flowers finish
  • Food source for Monarch butterflies
  • Bloom Time: Summer

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario

The root was widely used by Aboriginals and pioneers alike, to treat bronchial and pulmonary disorders.

Zone:

4

Height:

30-60 cm

Spread:

30-50 cm

Colour:

Orange
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Asclepias grows in a dry to average, well-drained soil and is drought tolerant. Slow to emerge in the spring. Mature, established plants seed freely. Asclepias tuberosa has a deep, tap root and does not like to be disturbed once established. The tuberous root can rot in poorly drained soils. Susceptible to leaf rust. 


Asclepias tuberosa Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Butterflies
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Dried Flower/Foliage
Dried Flower/Foliage
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Rock garden
Rock garden

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Average to Dry Soils

Growth Rate

Medium

Attributes

Seed

Flowering Time

Summer

Habit

Clumping
Upright

Foliage Color

Green (dark)

Landscape uses

Border/edging
Naturalizing

 Suitable Substitutions for Asclepias tuberosa