Butterfly Weed

Also known as Orange Milkweed

Asclepias tuberosa

Family Milkweed (Asclepiadaceae)
Bloom Summer, fall
Habitat Dry, sun, dunes, meadows, roadsides
Status Native
Cycle Perennial
Height 1-2′
Flower Orange flower clusters are at the top of the stem. Each flower has 5 petals, and the lower part of the flower turns backward which is typical of milkweeds.
Leaf There are many leaves that alternate on the stem. Each is narrow, lance-like and 2-4″ long. They do not bleed a milky white sap when broken.
Notes Stems are finely hairy and seed pods are slender and smooth.


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