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Asclepias tuberosa
Common Name: Butterfly Milkweed Family: Asclepiadaceae (The Milkweed Family)

Asclepias tuberosa
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This species erupts with brilliant orange flowers in midsummer followed by attractive green seed pods filled with silky 'parachutes' that catch the autumn winds. Full sun, dry soil. Late to emerge in spring so be patient. Deer resistant.

Geogrpahical Origin:
North America
Native Habitat:
Dry open sandy and gravelly soils and grassy places by the sides of roads.

ClassDeciduous  Primary Bloom ColourOrange 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom Colour 
Height12-24'  Bloom TimeSummer 
Spread8-12'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureLoves Sun Sun  Foliage ColourGreen 
Soil MoistureDry Average Drought Tolerant  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone4-10  BerriesYes 
BC NativeNo    

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Recommended Companion Plants:
Lithodora diffusa "'Grace Ward'"
Platycodon grandiflorum "'Sentimental Blue'"

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