Butterfly weed grows shorter than the other Asclepias species in the Pinelands. The plant does not contain a milky sap. Flowers are bright orange and occur in flat topped clusters in mid to late summer. The bright color of flowers attracts butterflies, and is the larval host of monarch and queen butterflies. Fruit occurs in pods that are grayish-green in color and ripen from late summer into the fall. Though the plant also contains poisonous cardiac glycosides, Native Americans would chew the root to cure pulmonary ailments like pleurisy. The plant grows in uplands in sandy, acidic to neutral soils.
|Other Common Names:
|Butterfly Milkweed, Orange Milkweed
|Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife:
|Butterflies, Bees, Hummingbirds
|Late June to early August, sporadically somewhat later
|August to October
|Global and State Rank:
|Commercially available landscape plant?
|Acidic, Slightly Acidic, Neutral
|Sun to partial shade
|Partial Shade, Sun
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