Asclepias tuberosa

Clay-Orange Butterfly Weed

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This special selection of the wildflower Orange Butterfly Weed is unique in its ability to grow in heavier soils including clay. Typically, Asclepias grows in sandy soils. A food source for Monarch butterfly caterpillars and very attractive to many varieties of butterflies. Perennial Plant Association Plant of The Year 2017.

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Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Late spring to summer
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SKU HBLBJ21

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Perennial Plant Association Plant of The Year 2017. The glowing orange flowers of this native wildflower are irresistible to hummingbirds, butterflies, and even people! This long-lived, tap-rooted plant needs a couple of growing seasons to establish its deep roots and reach mature size. Our uncommon strain of Asclepias is native to clay soils making it adaptable to a variety of clay and loam conditions; the most commonly available plants must be grown in sandy soils. (seed propagated) Asclepias tuberosa Native Range: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV.
Associated SKUs
HBLBJXX
HBLBJ21 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot)
23201P (Plant - 5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
Common Name Clay-Orange Butterfly Weed
Botanical Name Asclepias tuberosa
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Orange
Mature Height 15-18" tall
Mature Spread 15-18" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Native
Special Groups High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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High Country GardensAsclepias tuberosa - 5" Pot
 
3.5

(based on 11 reviews)

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73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate instructions (7)
  • Hardy (6)
  • Healthy (6)
  • Attractive (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Outdoors (8)
  • Garden (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (6), Master gardener (4)
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    • Personal (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Pretty and Easy to Grow

I bought six of these plants a few years ago and they have done amazing. They are planted in clay soil on western and southern exposure where we get 95 degree days in the...Read complete review

I bought six of these plants a few years ago and they have done amazing. They are planted in clay soil on western and southern exposure where we get 95 degree days in the summer and below zero in the winter. They have come back every year and do well with infrequent but deep watering throughout the hot summer months. They have a long flowering period and interesting seed pods that you can deadhead or leave on. Plus they are a food source for the Monarch larvae!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

No luck

Frustrated - have tried these in the past and no luck then either. Wer'e zone 5 so should grow just fine - but not a flower for me I guess.

Frustrated - have tried these in the past and no luck then either. Wer'e zone 5 so should grow just fine - but not a flower for me I guess.

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5.0

Slow to start, incredibly hardy and takes much abuse.

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from Deer Lodge, MT zone 4a

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias tuberosa - 5" Pot:

    I know others have had a hard time with these; mine was slow to grow the first year (as expected from this plant) and I almost lost it, thinking it had died, and almost digging up that ground, but remembered it is slow to come up in spring, and doesn't look like much when it does. Even so, it did flower, and survive, despite being moved (as a tap root, not recommended) and ignored/forgotten, and then replanted late in the season. It is definitely hardy and takes all kinds of abuse, doesn't require much water (didn't get any when dug up and forgotten - the root looked like a shriveled carrot - but it still revived when planted). I can't wait to see it in all its (undisturbed) glory this year.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Looking good...

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    from Bakersfield, VT

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Hardy

    Cons

    • Flimsy
    • Small In Size

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors
    • Pool Area

    Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias tuberosa - 5" Pot:

    Planted in a nursery bed til I can put it in the permanent garden spot. Doing OK, but would've liked it to be a bit more robust.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Struggling plants

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    from Birmingham, AL

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    • The plants did not do well here.

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias tuberosa - 5" Pot:

        Healthy plants arrived and were well-placed in the garden with good soil conditions. We had an extremely hot and humid summer then drought. I hope what remained of them will overwinter and they will improve with being acclimated.

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        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        No luck

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        from Colorado Springs, CO

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Never Grew

          Best Uses

          • Outdoors

          Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias tuberosa - 5" Pot:

          Frustrated - have tried these in the past and no luck then either. Wer'e zone 5 so should grow just fine - but not a flower for me I guess.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Has not come up

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          from Tn

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            Cons

            • Small In Size

            Best Uses

              Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias tuberosa - 5" Pot:

              Don't know because it hasn't come up

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              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Attracts Butterflies and Hummingbirds

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              from Tesuque, NM

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              Pros

              • Accurate Instructions
              • Attractive
              • Healthy

              Cons

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                • Outdoors

                Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias tuberosa - 5" Pot:

                Slow to start, but give it time. Beautiful accent planting.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Grew in difficult soil!

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                from Littleton, CO

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                Pros

                • Accurate Instructions
                • Attractive
                • Fragrant
                • Hardy
                • Healthy

                Cons

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                  • Garden
                  • Outdoors

                  Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias tuberosa - 5" Pot:

                  I needed a plant that would grow in clay soil around a young tree as a filler plant. I never thought any perennial would survive there, but this one did, and grew quickly. My only problem is that the local bunny rabbits like chewing on the stems, sigh... These are beautiful when blooming.

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                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Hmmmmm.

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                  from Denver, CO

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                  • Accurate Instructions

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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                    Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias tuberosa - 5" Pot:

                    Three of them appeared to "take" before freeze. None appear to have survived the winter. Too expensive to ship (Denver to Denver) to have no success. I have others which are 3 years old and fine. Less satisfied with the product since ownership change.

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                    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    For the butterflies

                    By 

                    from Stratford, Ct.

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                    Pros

                    • Accurate Instructions
                    • Hardy
                    • Healthy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Garden
                      • Outdoors

                      Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias tuberosa - 5" Pot:

                      Will provide for monarch butterflies and beneficials

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                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      The plant was superb. Well grown, well packed.

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                      from Albuquerque NM

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                      Pros

                      • Accurate Instructions
                      • Fragrant
                      • Hardy
                      • Healthy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Garden

                        Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias tuberosa - 5" Pot:

                        Excellent butterfly plant

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                        (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Pretty and Easy to Grow

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                        from Erie, CO

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                        Pros

                        • Attractive
                        • Hardy
                        • Healthy

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Garden
                          • Outdoors

                          Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias tuberosa - 5" Pot:

                          I bought six of these plants a few years ago and they have done amazing. They are planted in clay soil on western and southern exposure where we get 95 degree days in the summer and below zero in the winter. They have come back every year and do well with infrequent but deep watering throughout the hot summer months. They have a long flowering period and interesting seed pods that you can deadhead or leave on. Plus they are a food source for the Monarch larvae!

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                          • Personal

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                          To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

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                          • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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