Some years ago, a kind gentleman customer sent me seeds of a unique yellow-flowered Asclepias tuberosa. Apparently, he had found a colony of yellow-flowered plants in its Indiana habitat, in a natural area. Well, I was very excited to give it a try. After planting a handful of seeds and watching the plants grow in my test garden, they finally reached mature size and began blooming. The flower clusters were a gorgeous deep yellow with a blush of gold.
As I continued to grow this cultivar, the plants have proven to be uniformly colored and good growers in my crummy northern New Mexico loam. Over time, I have been able to collect a nice amount of seed each year, and now have enough to officially introduce the plant for sale. Now, for the Fall 2021 season, High Country Gardens is introducing a new Asclepias tuberosa cultivar, ‘Prairie Gold’ Butterfly Weed.