Botanical Name: Asclepias tuberosa
Common Name: Butterfly Milkweed, Butterflyweed, Orange Milkweed
We all need to plant more native milkweed in our gardens to help save the monarchs. Yes, some native milkweeds can be difficult to grow, but they’re worth the effort. I don’t have a problem having a mix of the native and tropical milkweeds in our gardens. Click on the names to see the other milkweed varieties R&G has for sale: Tropical Milkweed, Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias perennis, Giant Milkweed, and Whorled Milkweed.
Don’t have a moist/wet area in your garden for the native Swamp Milkweed or A. perennis? Don’t fret cause native Orange Milkweed will work just fine in your regular to drier areas. Obviously the name suggests, and is correct, that this milkweed blooms orangey/red flowers. Give it sun to part sun and it’ll grow 1-3′ tall. It’s a perennial that would be gorgeous in your meadow garden naturalized area, cottage garden, or even your rock garden.
This is a host plant to these butterflies: Monarch, Danaus plexippus; Queen, Danaus gilippus; and Soldier, Danaus eresimus. The blooms provide nectar for lots of nectar loving critters.
Zones 8 – 10