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Asclepias tuberosa Western Gold Mix

Western Gold Mix Butterfly Weed

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Asclepias Western Gold is an Orange Butterfly Weed with deep golden-orange flowers that attract lots of butterflies. It is a host plant for the Monarch butterfly caterpillar. Western Gold Milkweed is a very vigorous plant, and is the best Asclepias for Western gardeners with alkaline soils. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). 20-24" tall x 18-20" wide.

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Zones 4 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
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SKU HBLBIXX

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Asclepias Western Gold is a unique Orange Butterfly Weed, and is by far the best choice for western gardeners. The large, full flower heads of Western Gold Milkweed are a uniformly deep golden-orange and held high on big, vigorous plants with substantial deep-green foliage, followed by showy ornamental seed pods. This plant is a host for the Monarch butterfly caterpillar and a nectar source for other butterflies. Our plants are grown from seed originally collected in western Colorado and were growing in dry, alkaline, sandy loam soil. Eastern forms of this species generally require acidic soils, which are commonly not found out West. Invaluable for use in Western areas with drier conditions and alkaline or limestone derived soils. 20-24" tall x 18-20" wide, (seed grown). 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.

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HBLBIXX
HBLBI21 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot)
23202 (Plant - 5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
HBLBI16 (Plant - Flat of 16)
HBLBI32 (Plant - Flat of 32)
Common Name Western Gold Mix Butterfly Weed
Botanical Name Asclepias tuberosa Western Gold Mix
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Orange
Mature Height 20-24" tall
Mature Spread 18-20" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Native
Special Groups High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region Western Only, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Tips For Growing Milkweed/Butterflyweed (Asclepias)

Asclepias (Milkweed) are sun loving plants that are essential perennials for monarch butterflies providing food for caterpillars and nectar for adult butterflies. They bloom from mid-summer into early fall and, with their milky sap, are resistant to rabbits and deer.

Asclepias can be divided into two groups for plant care; Asclepias tuberosa with orange (sometimes yellow) flowers and all the other species with pink (sometimes white) flowers.

1. Asclepias tuberosa (Orange Butterfly Weed) - this perennial stays dormant until later in the spring than many other plants, especially when grown in pots. It's fine to plant dormant plants; don't up-pot them for planting later in the growing season.

  • Need sandy or gravelly soils (except the Clay form which does well in heavier soils including dry clay.)
  • Does best with gravel mulches
  • After their second growing season, only requires deep but infrequent watering. Plant in full hot sun.
  • ust a few handfuls of compost and Yum Yum Mix added to the planting hole is enough. Don't plant into a rich, highly-amended soil.
  • Special comments:

  • When planting dormant plants, water thoroughly after planting and wait to water again until the plant comes into active growth, at which time a deep watering every week or so is adequate. Take care not to overwater young transplants.
  • Asclepias has a long, carrot-like tap root that should remain undisturbed after planting and should NOT ever be divided.
  • 2. Asclepias speciosa, A. syriaca. A. incarnata (Milkweed) - these perennial species stay dormant later in the spring than many other plants, especially when they are grown in pots. It's fine to plant dormant plants; don't up-pot them for planting later in the growing season.

    Preferred growing conditions:

  • These species grow in a wide range of soil types, including clay.
  • They don't need mulching (except in very hot climates).
  • These are moisture-loving perennials and do well in wet to moderately moist soil conditions.
  • Plant in full to part sun areas.
  • They like compost-enriched soils at planting time.
  • Special comments:

  • Asclepias syriaca and A. speciosa will spread to make big patches of plants and are best planted in parts of the landscape where they won't crowd out less vigorous plants. Not recommended for the prime spots in your perennial beds.
  • Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed) is a more refined grower and is fine to include in perennial beds.
  • Garden care:

    • Fertilize Asclepias just once in fall with Yum Yum Mix and Planters II. - Naturalized plantings don't need additional fertilization.
    • To encourage re-seeding and provide winter interest with their ornamental seed pods, leave the stems intact over the winter. In mid-spring, remove old stems just above ground level.
    • All species of Asclepias are late to emerge in the spring, so don't be concerned if other perennials come up first and they remain dormant.

    View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

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    High Country GardensAsclepias tuberosa Western Gold Mix - 5" Pot
     
    2.8

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    1.0

    Struggled last summer, did not come back this year.

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    from Littleton CO 80127

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

        I was excited to try this in my wildflower border (alkaline soil). The plants were quite small and didn't lo!ok very strong. They grew a little bit over the summer, but there is no sign of them this year

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Dead?

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        from Bakersfield, VT

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        • Dead on arrival

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

        Instructions said to plant seemingly dead plants because they sometimes arrive dormant. Western Gold never recovered. Would love to try it again. Looks like a beautiful plant and the butterflied it would attract!!

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        4.0

        So far so good

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        from Smith Valley, NV

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

        Quite small, but doubled in size the first season. Hoping for flowers next year. Easy and undemanding.

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        3.0

        Struggling ...

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        from Rio Rancho, NM

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

        Wanted a moderately sized plant to plant near patio for butterfly viewing. Thought the bright yellow orange color of its flowers would contrast nicely with purples and pinks of lavender, salvia greggii "Pink" and blend nicely with Partridge Feather at its feet. However no flowers and plant just is not thriving. Planted in full, hot sun in well drained soil, gravel for mulch. Whats up?

        TK Rio Rancho, NM

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        3.0

        Still very small

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        from Albuquerque, NM

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

        Plant is still only 8 inches high, so I can't comment on the blooms. I'm hoping that it will grow a little faster.

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        5.0

        Did well

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        from Cotopaxi, CO

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

        Small plant that did well and grew into an attractive specimen with lots of flowers and came back this Spring with a nice sturdy component of plants.

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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.

        • 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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