Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Flower)

Maximum Purchase:
3 units
Full Sun
Soil Type:
Most Types
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Plant Details

As the name suggests, this showy plant is adored by butterflies (and other pollinators). It also makes an excellent border plant, suitable for cottage or informal gardens. Large flat-topped clusters of orange-red flowers from June to September. Prefers a well-drained soil.

A native of North America, the tough roots of the plant were chewed by Native Americans to cure pleurisy, which gave rise to another of its common names, Pleurisy Root. They also considered all parts of the plant beneficial and ate the shoots and seeds too. It was brought over to Britain in 1690.

The flowers, when cut, have a long vase life and it is now grown as a cut flower in the USA.

Height: 75cm

The yarrow family has been valued as garden plants for centuries and are useful for their wide range of colour and long flowering season. Most are excellent for cutting and drying and all are loved by bees and butterflies.

Common name(s): Butterfly Flower, Pleurisy Root, Orange Milkweed, Chiggerflower, Swallow-Wort, Butterfly Silkweed.

Photo: Eric Hunt / CC BY-SA

All our plants are supplied in 9x10cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. We do not sell 'plug plants' because those need to be grown on before planting. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant. We grow everything we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside.