Butterfly Weed

Latin Name: Asclepias tuberosa

Facts:

  • Species of milkweed.

  • Perennial Bloom time: June to August Height: 30 cm to 1 m Spread: 30 to 50 cm

  • Sun Exposure: Full sun

  • Looks Like:

    • 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

Biodiversity Benefits:

  • 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.

Historical Use:

  • 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.

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