Asclepias tuberosa

Clay-Orange Butterfly Weed

15-18" tall x 15-18" wide. 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. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
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 HBLBJXX

Details

15-18" tall x 15-18" wide. The glowing orange flowers of this native wildflower are irresistible to hummingbirds, butterflies and 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
23201P (Plant - 5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
HBLBJ21 (Plant - 2.5" 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 Native
Special Groups High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

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High Country GardensAsclepias tuberosa - 5" Pot
 
3.8

(based on 8 reviews)

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Pros

  • Healthy (6)
  • Accurate instructions (5)
  • Hardy (4)
  • Attractive (3)

Cons

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  • Garden (6)
  • Outdoors (5)
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1.0

Has not come up

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from Tn

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    • Small In Size

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

      Don't know because it hasn't come up

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      4.0

      Attracts Butterflies and Hummingbirds

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      from Tesuque, NM

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      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Healthy

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

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

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        5.0

        Grew in difficult soil!

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        from Littleton, CO

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        • Fragrant
        • Hardy
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          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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          3.0

          Hmmmmm.

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          from Denver, CO

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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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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            For the butterflies

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            from Stratford, Ct.

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            • Accurate Instructions
            • Hardy
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              Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias tuberosa - 5" Pot:

              Will provide for monarch butterflies and beneficials

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              (3 of 3 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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              • Accurate Instructions
              • Fragrant
              • Hardy
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                Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias tuberosa - 5" Pot:

                Excellent butterfly plant

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                (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Pretty and Easy to Grow

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                from Erie, CO

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                  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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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Wait & See

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                  from Chicago IL

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

                    Just planted last summer; will see if it survived winter & will bloom this year

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                    USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                    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.

                    • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                    • 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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