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Gay Butterflies Milkweed

Asclepias tuberosa 'Gay Butterflies'

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Gay Butterflies Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa 'Gay Butterflies') at Minor's Garden Center

Gay Butterflies Milkweed flowers

Gay Butterflies Milkweed flowers

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Height:  28 inches

Spread:  28 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Butterfly Weed

Description:

Masses of tiny blossoms in shades of orange, red, pink, or lemon yellow, attracts butterflies to the garden; blooms last several weeks, and plants are drought tolerant and resistant to pests

Ornamental Features

Gay Butterflies Milkweed has fragrant orange flat-top flowers with red overtones and yellow eyes at the ends of the stems from mid to late summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Gay Butterflies Milkweed is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Gay Butterflies Milkweed is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Gay Butterflies Milkweed will grow to be about 28 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 28 inches. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

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Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Naturalizing 
Applications
Flowers  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features
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