Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Flower)

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3 units
Full Sun
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Most Types
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Plant Overview

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

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 9cm 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. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter and early spring, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
We grow most of what we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Our prices include VAT at 20%.
Please note: We do our best to provide acurate photographs of the plants we sell, but colours display differently on different screens, printers and in different light and we cannot guarantee that what you are seeing on your screen, or on the plant label provided, will exactly match the plant when it flowers in your garden.