Asclepsias tuberosa, or Orange Butterfly Weed, is a popular plant for attracting monarch butterflies. The deep green foliage gives way to beautiful umbels full of orange tubular flowers in June and July, and will flower again in fall if they are trimmed to prevent seed pod formation. These flowers are loved by all butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. Monarch butterflies will also lay their eggs on these, as it is a food source for the caterpillars. Kids love watching the caterpillars, as well as, shaking the pods and watching the seeds parachute on the wind. A US Native plant that tolerates heat, humidity, and drought. The full tray can be naturalized in a meadow or mass planted to help the monarchs. If you don't have enough room for 50... you can buy a tray and share with your friends! 50 plants cover approximately 100 square feet.
Mature Plant Size: 24" Tall, 20" Spread
Bloom Time: June-September
Light Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Type/pH: Well-drained/6.0-7.5
Hardiness Zones: 3-9
Container Size: 50 cell landscape tray
Fertilizer: Apply a light dose of compost at planting time and every spring thereafter use an all purpose granular(preferably organic) applied around plants.