Asclepias tuberosa Western Gold Mix

Western Gold Mix Butterfly Weed

 

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Asclepias tuberosa ‘Western Gold Mix’ (Western Gold Butterflyweed) a late spring bloomer with golden-orange flowers that will attract lots of butterflies. It is a host plant for the Monarch butterfly caterpillar. 'Western Gold' originates from western Colorado and is the best form of Orange Butterflyweed for western gardeners with non-sandy, alkaline soils.

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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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18-20" tall x 10-12" wide. Asclepias tuberosa ‘Western Gold Mix’ (Western Gold Butterfly Weed) is a butterfly magnet with its bright golden-orange flowers in late-spring and early summer. The large, full flower heads of Western Gold Butterfly Weed are held high on big, vigorous plants with substantial deep-green foliage, followed by showy ornamental seed pods. This Milkweed 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. Eastern forms of this species generally require sandy, acidic soils, which are commonly not found out West. The preferred choice for use in Western areas with drier conditions and alkaline or limestone derived soils (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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HBLBI21 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
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HBLBI32 (Plant - Flat of 32) - Out of stock.
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 Exclusive, 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.
  • Just 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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    2.8

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    2.0

    tough but still have questions

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    from Prescott AZ

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias tuberosa Western Gold Mix:

    It disappeared to dead twigs the end of the first season. Surprised this spring when it appeared. Disappointed when something ate it to the ground. Over the summer it has grown back bigger than ever, although a bug infestation stripped a shoot. I have not seen any sign of a bud or blossom so still waiting for the magic to appear.
    wouldn't give an opinion to buy or not, as mine has seen tough days and hasn't done much other than survive

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    5.0

    Be Very Patient!

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    from Colorado Springs, CO

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias tuberosa Western Gold Mix:

        I planted this milkweed in May 2016. Upon planting, it appeared to shrivel up and die. It showed no signs of life all summer, nor did it come back this spring (or so I thought). I had forgotten about it, but on June 1 of this year, I noticed a weed growing through a thick layer of bark mulch. After consulting with a much more experienced gardener, it turns out the weed is milkweed! It grew significantly larger overnight. I'm so glad that I didn't plant anything else in its spot. I did literally nothing to it because I thought it was dead, and the growth this year is healthy so far. It has given me an excellent lesson in gardening patience. I hope it blooms this year, but I won't write it off if it doesn't.

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        1.0

        Not unless HCG assures a healthier specimen

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        from Sonoma, Ca.

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias tuberosa Western Gold Mix:

          Butterfly weed is a beautiful plant that attracts butterflies but usually takes 2-3 years to bloom.

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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:

              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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              1.0

              Dead?

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              from Bakersfield, VT

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias tuberosa Western Gold Mix:

              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:

              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 New Mexico

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias tuberosa Western Gold Mix:

              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:

              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:

              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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