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Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly weed

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to September
  • Height0.6m to 0.9m
  • Spread0.2m to 0.3m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourOrange red yellow
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly weed). This is one of North Americas meadow wildflowers. It is a mounding shaped perennial, and it produces small heads of orange, yellow or red blooms.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous or Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

E.S.America

Interest and use

Attracts humming birds in suitable geographical locations. Whole plant is poisonous if eaten.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light, Medium, Sandy, Humus-rich, Loamy
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Cultivation

Cut back during periods of growth to keep bushy.

Propagation

Tip cuttings or seed in spring.

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