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Butterfly weed
Butterflyweed Butterflyweed with Juniper Hairstreak Photos © Kim Hosen; Merrimac Farm Wildlife Managemen Area, Nokesvile VA; June 2015

Aesclepias tuberosa
Milkweed family, Asclepiadaceae

This bushy, bright-orange flowered plant attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. For the best growth potential, plant among other mid-sized perennials.

Flowers bloom during the spring and summer months. Butterfly weed needs a good mixture of sunlight and shade, preferring well-drained sandy soils. Aphids will produce but can be easily removed or left as a food source for ladybugs.

The butterfly weed is a larval host to the grey hairstreak, monarch, and queen butterflies.