Asclepias Tuberosa, Butterfly Weed in a 4 inch pot


Asclepias Tuberosa Butterfly Weed in a 4 inch pot



Butterfly Weed is a must-have plant for plant enthusiasts who want to draw butterflies to their gardens. The plant also goes by the names: Asclepias tuberosa, orange milkweed, pleurisy root, and yellow milkweed. These plants can grow to be anywhere from one to two feet tall and are characterized by glossy green leaves and clusters of bright orange-to-yellow blooms that are rich with nectar and pollen, which is what attracts butterflies, along with bees, insects, and hummingbirds, throughout the summer. Butterfly Weed has a long medicinal history and Native Americans used to chew the roots as a remedy for pleurisy and other breathing issues. They can also be brewed into a tea, which can then be used to treat diarrhea and other stomch issues. Butterfly Weed should be planted in the early spring, after the last frost. It will be slow to emerge, but will grow quickly once it does, reaching full height and bloom in mid-to-late summer.

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