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2024 Seed Catalog

Butterfly Weed Gay Butterflies - Asclepias tuberosa
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Gay Butter­flies

Butterfly Weed Seeds

Asclepias tuberosa

Heat and drought tolerant, 3 ft. tall plants produce large 6 in. clusters of vibrant summer flowers. Colors include shades of red, yellow, orange, and bronze. Flowers attract swarms of butterflies, are excellent for cutting. Winter hardy to zone 3. Germination uneven over a period of 21-90 days. Grow Gay Butterflies butterfly weed with Sunburst Colours penstemon and Blue Cap sea holly.

15 seeds - $3.99
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Growing Gay Butter­flies Butterfly Weed Seeds

Bee introduces how to plant

Plant Butterfly Weed Seeds: Full sun. Asclepias incarnata (Milkmaid and Soulmate) thrive in moist, even wet soils, will adapt to average garden water. Asclepias tuberosa (Orange and Gay Butterflies) tolerate heat and drought, need only occasional water once established, will happily accept average moisture with good drainage.

Grow Butterfly Weed: All of our perennial butterfly weeds attract bees and hummingbirds, are important nectar sources for a wide range of butterflies, most notably the Monarch. To promote Monarch butterfly caterpillars, Asclepias incarnata is the host most preferred. Plants are deer and rabbit resistant. Learn more about monarch butterflies and butterfly weed.

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