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Asclepias tuberosa (Orange Butterfly Weed) is a food source for Monarch butterfly caterpillars and very attractive to many varieties of butterflies. Perennial Plant Association Plant of The Year 2017. This long-lived wildflower also attracts hummingbirds. 15-18" tall x 15-18" wide.
Perennial Plant Association Plant of The Year 2017. Asclepias tuberosa has glowing orange flowers that 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. Butterfly Weed is slow to wake up in the spring, but worth the wait! 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. (Seed propagated.) 15-18" tall x 15-18" wide.
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.
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Oftentimes, Milkweeds won't grow much their first season in the ground, so be patient. They are establishing their root system and crown. By the second growing season, the plants will begin to get bigger and look more robust. Asclepias species are an odd bunch and don't behave like many other more familiar perennials. So be patient and accept their quirky nature.
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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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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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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from Vermillion, SD
About Me Avid Gardener
Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias tuberosa:
I used all the recommended fertilizers, etc. when I planted this. It died anyway. The review wants me to assign at least one star, but I wouldn't assign any.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Hot/dry hillside. Slow growing but holding hope for next year.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
A work in progress
from Denver CO
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Originally bought this plant in Spring 2016. Started out pretty well for about a month. After that the foilage started getting yellow with new green growth. Survived most of the summer but by mid September showed no signs of life. Notified HCG and they sent a replacement plant Spring 2017. Planted in a different location and it did pretty well, growing about 24 inches tall with a small amount of blooms. I was showing a friend of mine around the garden in late August when I noticed a six inch tall asclepias plant coming up out of the bark mulch where I had planted it the year before. Very surprised. I will see what it does in the spring. If it survives it will be one tough plant
Would not buy again
from Liverpool Pa.
About Me Master Gardener
Was very small in size tried to save but died
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
from San Angelo
I live in zone 9 and struggle with deer, rabbits, snails, possums name it! I have many that survived but about the same that don't. This one didn't and I was really looking forward to seeing that color in my garden.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
No success for two plants
from Denver, CO
About Me Getting Started
I received two plants in spring. There was no sign of life in the containers when received and planted--or by the end of the season. Disappointed.
Service and delivery comments:
Plants arrived at time promised.
from Littleton CO
I was very excited to see this in your catalog last year as I garden in clay soil. They were small when I planted them last year and they lived but struggled. This year neither of the plants came up.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Slow to start, incredibly hardy and takes much abuse.
from Deer Lodge, MT zone 4a
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.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
By Gardening Fool
from Bakersfield, VT
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.
(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
from Birmingham, AL
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.
(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)
from Colorado Springs, CO
Merchant response: Good Day B-razz,We are so sad to hear that the Asclepias tuberosa has been a struggle for you! This is not an easy plant to grow but please know we are truly committed to your success. We would never want you to pay for something you never got a chance to enjoy! We fully guarantee all of our products up to a year from the day your order has shipped. We have reached out to you via email to discuss your options so you can get exactly what you paid for on your next attempt! Should you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-925-9387 Our hours are Monday - Friday 7am - 5pm MTHappy Gardening!
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Merchant response: Good Day Bill,We were so sorry to hear the Asclepias tuberosa was not successful. We thank you for bringing this attention. We are glad that you were able to speak to a representative so we had a chance to honor our guarantee for you! Should you require any further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us at 1-800-925-9387. Our hours are Monday - Friday 7am - 5pm MTHappy Gardening!
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Attracts Butterflies and Hummingbirds
By Opera on the Desert
from Tesuque, NM
Slow to start, but give it time. Beautiful accent planting.
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Grew in difficult soil!
from Littleton, CO
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.
(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
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.
Merchant response: Good Day,We are so sorry to hear of your disappointment! Please know that we would never want you to pay for something you never got a chance to fully enjoy! We fully guarantee all of our products up to a year from the day your order has shipped. Regarding your shipping costs, if your order is being shipping locally, we would encourage you to give us a call and we are more than happy to come to a price that we both would find fair. You can call us at 1-800-925-9387 Our experienced representatives are eager to make sure you get the results you paid for.Happy Gardening!
(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
For the butterflies
from Stratford, Ct.
Will provide for monarch butterflies and beneficials
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
The plant was superb. Well grown, well packed.
from Albuquerque NM
About Me Professional Landscaper
Excellent butterfly plant
(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)
from Erie, CO
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