Latin Name: Asclepias tuberosa
Species of milkweed.
Perennial Bloom time: June to August Height: 30 cm to 1 m Spread: 30 to 50 cm
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Clustered orange or yellow flowers
Leaves are spirally arranged, 512 cm long and 2-3 cm broad
Favours dry, sand or gravel soil and does well in poor soils
Butterflies are attracted to Butterfly Weed because of its bright colours and high production of nectar.
The flowers are a nectar source for many butterflies, hummingbirds, and insects. This plant is also the larval food source for caterpillars of the Monarch butterfly, therefore being very important to the survival of the Monarch species.
Butterfly weed also has medicinal uses in treating pulmonary ailments and lung inflammations.
Native American tribes used the plant to fight wet cough and other illnesses.