Typically found in dryer, sandier soils, this shorter bright orange flowered member of the milkweed genus is a great stand alone garden plant as well as a necessary component of short grass prairie ecosystems.
Unlike other milkweeds, a plucked butterfly milkweed leaf does not exude a milky sap.
In presettlement times, Asclepias tuberosa was found only in prairie sites. It was one of a few prairie species that was able to naturally seed, grow, and proliferate in open, dry, non-prairie environments. It therefore is found throughout the region and is not a specific prairie indicator.
It range extends to cover the entire United States with the exception of the north western portion.
It is a host plant for Monarch butterflies and supports countless other pollinators.
What is Stratification?
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Flower Color: Orange
Height: 2 to 4 Feet
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Soil Hydrology: Dry to Mesic Soils
Bloom Time: June to August
Plant Type: Perennial
Stratification: CM 60 Days
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Host Plant: Monarch, Grey Hairstreak, Queens