More About Asclepias tuberosa
- Round clusters of orange flowers
- Attractive seed heads appear when flowers finish
- Food source for Monarch butterflies
- Bloom Time: Summer
The root was widely used by Aboriginals and pioneers alike, to treat bronchial and pulmonary disorders.
Butterfly Milkweed Growing and Maintenance Tips
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
Average to Dry Soils
Foliage ColorGreen (dark)