2017 Perennial of the Year

Growing Butterfly Weed

All of the Bees and Butterflies have been “buzzing” non-stop about the 2017 Perennial of the Year…

Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) are native to North American and  produce clusters of flowers that are bright orange, yellow or red blooms all summer long. Butterfly Weed’s nectar and pollen rich flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies, bees throughout the blooming season.

Butterfly Weed plants are milkweed cousins with tall, clumping perennials that reach heights of 12 to 36 inches. The blooms appear atop fuzzy, green stems, which are adorned by attractive, lance-shaped leaves. Butterfly weed plants spread by way of seeds, which are released from large pods in early autumn. Butterfly weed grows wild in a variety of environments, including open woods, prairies, dry fields, meadows, and along roadsides.

In the garden, butterfly weed looks great in wildflower meadows, borders, rock gardens, or mass plantings.

Garden Tip: No fertilizer is required, and may even harm the plant.

Happy Planting!

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