A Must-Have for your Butterfly Garden!
Simply put…no butterfly garden should be without Tuberosa Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)! This native plant energizes any garden with its bright-orange flowers, which are produced in profusion for a dazzling display of color. You’ll want to plant Tuberosa Milkweed for its brilliant flowers, but you’ll want to keep it growing in your garden for the masses of butterflies it attracts.
Monarchs Love Milkweed
Although Tuberosa Milkweed attracts many butterfly species, it’s the only host plant for Monarch butterflies. Adult monarchs sip nectar from the flowers and lay their eggs on the undersides of the leaves. The hatchling caterpillars feed on the leaves until they’re ready to spin a cocoon before emerging as adult Monarchs.
As an added bonus: Because hummingbirds also love Tuberosa Milkweed, your garden will be a flurry of activity!
A Low-Maintenance Delight
Tuberosa Milkweed is almost maintenance-free -- a true bulletproof plant. Once established, it flourishes in poor soil with little water, and it sails through the summer heat and humidity that challenges other plants.
Easy Does It
If you start Tuberosa Milkweed from seed, you may have to wait two to three years before it produces flowers. But we’ve already gotten your plant to blooming age. Plant it carefully -- without disturbing its taproot and developing root system -- by loosening the soil in your garden a few inches deeper than the length of its taproot. Place it in the planting hole and gently fill in the soil around it. Give it a good drink of water and keep the soil slightly moist (but never soggy) until the roots begin to grow in place.
Long Bloom Season
Tuberosa Milkweed is sometimes slow to emerge in spring, but your patience will be well worth the wait. Once this perennial plant sprouts, it grows quickly and begins blooming typically in June. Unlike other perennial flowers, Tuberosa Milkweed really puts on a long-lived show. It blooms nonstop through September, and is often still blooming into October!