Water-saving Native Plant of The Week: Butterfly Weed
THE WOODLANDS, TX -- (Asclepias tuberosa). This bushy, 1.5-2 ft. native perennial wildflower is prized for its large, flat-topped clusters of bright-orange flowers. The leaves are mostly alternate, 1.5-2.25 inches long, pointed, and smooth on the edge. The yellow-orange to bright orange flower clusters, 2-5 inches across, are at the top of the flowering stem. It blooms from May through September, and requires any well-drained soil from sand to clay. The abundance of stiff, lance-shaped foliage provides a dark-green backdrop for the showy flower heads. This showy plant is frequently grown from seed in home gardens. Its brilliant flowers attract butterflies. Host plant for Monarch butterflies.