Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)


Butterfly weed has striking bright orange blooms unique from the other Milkweed species. The blooms attract a variety of pollinators and are a favorite in many types of gardens. It is one of many native milkweed species that monarch butterfly larvae use as a source of food. The milkweed contains a toxic compound makes the butterfly unpalatable to predators  throughout its lifecycle once consumed. Milkweeds like this species also have medicinal applications and have been used in salves and infusions for various applications for generations by peoples of Turtle Island/what is now called the United States. However, they should be prepared with caution due to the plant’s inherent toxicity. We highly recommend checking out the fascinating chapter on milkweeds in Samual Thayer’s foraging book series. Ask us if you’d like to borrow it!

Plants are currently provided in 2″ recycled plastic pots donated to our nursery by community members.

Only 5 left in stock

Additional information

Special Features

Host Plants, Medicinal, Pollinator Favorites




Average, Dry



Bloom Color


Bloom Time

July, June

Native Plant Category