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Gay Butterflies Butterfly Plant

Gay Butterflies Butterfly Plant

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Free-Flowering perennials with orange, red, pink or lemon yellow have an extremely long vase life, making them excellent cut flowers. Planted in borders, they entice butterflies and hummingbirds for several weeks. This beauty is drought tolerant and resistant to garden pests.

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Light: Full sun
Height: 18-36"
Deer Resistant
Bloom Time: Mid to late summer
Size: Bareroot
Zones: 4 to 9

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Gay Butterflies Butterfly Plant Product Details

Botanical Name: Asclepias tuberosa
Form: Herbaceous perennial
Sun Exposure: Partial Shade/Full Sun
Height/Habit: 18 - 24"
Spread: 18 - 36"
Spacing: 18 - 36"
Hardiness Zone: Zones 4 - 9
Foliage Type: Alternate, lanceolate or oblong, 2-6" long and 1/4 to 1" wide.
Flower Form: Milkweed-like blossoms. Flowers about 1/4" across in short umbel-like cymes or clusters.
Flower Color: Mixed shades of orange, red, pink and lemon yellow.
Flowering Date: Mid to late summer.
Planting Requirements: Slow to emerge in the spring so be careful not to disturb it during early spring clean-up. It will compete successfully with the grasses.
Soil Requirements: Well drained, dry , infertile sandy soils. Doesn't like wet soils. Cannot compete with surface rooted trees.
Growth Rate: Fast.
Unique Characteristics: Attractive bright colored blooms lures butterflies to garden. Long vase life. Flowers and pods can be used in dried arrangements. Free-flowering. Drought tolerant.
Pruning: Deadheading can prolong blooming time.
Additional Information: Medicinal properties to roots. Leaves and stems are supposed to be poisonous to animals.
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Gardens filled with wonderful bursts of color are a sight to see. The Gay Butterfly Plant (Asclepias tuberosa) is guaranteed to give your garden bright and vivid colors with its yellow, pink, red, and orange flowers that bloom from mid to late summer. The beautiful milkweed-like flowers are set against the flower's short, deep green lance-shaped foliage. A North American native wildflower, this perennial is an excellent addition to your garden and also makes a wonderful centerpiece for your woodland, native and naturalized landscaping designs. Furthermore, the gay butterfly plant makes an excellent cut flower and has a long vase life. The pods and flowers can be used in dried arrangements as well. Members of the milkweed family, but without the sticky sap, these plants are a favorite of the monarch butterfly.

The tuberosa butterfly plant is sun-loving, but it can also be planted under a partially shaded area. It has a fast growth rate, which makes it the ideal plant for beginners to work with. This plant grows to a height of about 18-24" and spreads 18-36". It must be planted in sandy and well-drained soil for it to grow rapidly. The gay butterfly plant is deer, pest and drought resistant and attracts hummingbirds, birds, and butterflies that can make your garden even more attractive. Plant these lovely flowers in your garden for a bright, colorful butterfly-filled landscape.

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