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Prairie Gold Butterfly Weed

Asclepias tuberosa 'Prairie Gold'
SKU: HC017842
per Plant - 2.5" Pot
No longer available this season.
Asclepias tuberosa 'Prairie Gold' (Butterfly Weed) is a beautiful golden-yellow form of this popular native wildflower. This selection is grown from seed collected from a wild population in its Indiana habitat. Grow this special native cultivar to add unexpected color and an interesting conversation starter to your pollinator garden. A 2021 High Country Gardens Introduction.
key features
Botanical Name
Asclepias tuberosa 'Prairie Gold'
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Native, Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Naturalizes, Mass Plantings
Soil Moisture
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
18-24" tall
Bloom Time


Asclepias tuberosa 'Prairie Gold' (Butterfly Weed) is an eye-catching form of the native wildflower. Many years ago, a customer generously sent Chief Horticulturist David Salman seeds collected from a population of the plants growing in the wilds of Indiana. After testing the plant in the High Country Gardens test gardens, David was able to produce enough seed to introduce ‘Prairie Gold’ into cultivation. The plant is adapted to both sandy and loam soil types (but no heavy clay), and is a medium-sized grower. Asclepias plants are the sole host plant of Monarch Butterflies – essential food for the survival of Monarch caterpillars. Its nectar rich flowers are highly attractive to butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. While its milky bitter milky sap helps build the natural defenses of Monarch butterflies, it also makes the plants resistant to deer. Recommended companion plants include Scutellaria, Penstemon, and native ornamental grasses like Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepsis) and 'Blonde Ambition' Blue Grama Grass (Bouteloua).
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