Asclepias tuberosa

Quick Characteristics:

Height: 30-45 cm (1-1.5 ft)
Flower Colors: orange, yellow
Flower Season: early summer to mid summer
Life form: tuber
Climate: USDA Zone 6-8

Asclepias tuberosa is native to Eastern North America and commonly called Butterfly Weed. It bears showy umbels of small flowers, usually orange, but their color can vary from yellow to near red. Photos 1-4 were taken in June 2007 by Jay Yourch. Photos 4-6 were taken in habitat by Nhu Nguyen of an orange form at Kisatchie National Forest, central Louisiana.

Asclepias tuberosa flower buds, Jay YourchClose-up of Asclepias tuberosa, Jay YourchAsclepias tuberosa flower with Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), Jay YourchAsclepias tuberosa, Jay YourchAsclepias tuberosa, Nhu NguyenAsclepias tuberosa, Nhu Nguyen

Photograph of seed by David Pilling and seed dispersal in November by Martin Bohnet.

Asclepias tuberosa seed, David PillingAsclepias tuberosa seed pod, Martin Bohnet

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