Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)
    Dogbane Family
    This is one of the most garden-friendly milkweeds due to its mild nature. While it roots deep, it does not take over the garden like other milkweeds. It can take several years for a plant to really reach its full potential, but once it does, they are stunners. Vivid orange flowers bloom over several months, especially if you cut spent blooms.The deep, tuberous root makes these plants extremely drought tolerant, but very difficult to transplant, so make sure you site the plant appropriately the first time. They prefer well-drained soil in full sun and can be a little fussy about being too wet over winter. Add sand or gravel to heavy clay soil if you think moisture may be a problem. Plant in groups to attract more Monarchs!
    Blooms: Orange, 6-8 weeks, May-August
    Leaves: Lance-shaped, 6” alternate, simple
    Space: 1-2’
    Soil: Average-Dry, tolerates poor soil
    Exposure:  Full sun-Part sun
    Fauna: Bumblebees, butterflies, beetles, host to Monarch butterfly
    Seeds: 4-5” narrow pod filled with seeds attached to silky hairs
    Deer Resistance: High
    Zone :3-9
    Native Status: NC Native, common throughout the state
    Provenance: North Carolina Ecotype, seed grown