Growing Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) in Phoenix Arizona


buds on butterfly weed plant (late January)

butterfly weed flower

Flowers (Feb) on Butterfly Weed plant

If you're planning on creating a butterfly garden, be sure to add the Butterfly Weed to your design. This perennial plant has beautiful clusters of orange or yellow flowers from summer to fall. It is a species of milkweed and as such is attractive to butterflies for nectaring and it is sometimes utilized as a host plant for Monarch butterflies. This plant is highly attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Plant where you can quietly watch as the wildlife comes to your yard.

The downside to this plant is that it seems to attract aphids. I guess I should be happy they like this plant instead of my roses.

This plant favors dry, sand or gravel soil and grows 1-3 feet in height. You can find Butterfly Weed in Yellow and Orange.

Family: Apocynaceae

Also Known as: Butterfly Weed, Canada Root, Chigger Flower, Chiggerflower, Fluxroot, Indian Paintbrush, Indian Posy, Orange Milkweed, Orange Swallow-wort, Pleurisy Root, Silky Swallow-wort, Tuber Root, Yellow Milkweed, White-root, Windroot

Botanical Name:Asclepias tuberosa

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