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Evergreen privacy hedge and drought-resistant garden
July 21, 2008
I am looking for a hardy evergreen hedge for privacy in Northern Michigan. I have sandy soil. Also am interested in planting a drought garden with mostly sun in same sandy soil.
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This bushy, 1 1/2-2 ft. perennial is prized for its large, flat-topped clusters of bright-orange flowers. The leaves are mostly alternate, 1 1/2-2 1/4 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. The abundance of stiff, lance-shaped foliage provides a dark-green backdrop for the showy flower heads.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Attracting butterflies in Tennessee
July 03, 2009
What flowers and plants do the caterpillars in Tennessee eat? And do you know what butterflies live in Tipton Co. Tennessee?
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Native wildflowers for Northern Indiana
May 08, 2007
I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on Saturday April 21. What a beautiful place. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. I was wondering how I could find out w.
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This showy plant is frequently grown from seed in home gardens. Its brilliant flowers attract butterflies. Because its tough root was chewed by the Indians as a cure for pleurisy and other pulmonary ailments, Butterfly Weed was given its other common name, Pleurisy Root. Although it is sometimes called Orange Milkweed, this species has no milky sap.

Asclepias tuberosa Native Plant Range
USDA, NRCS. 2016. The PLANTS Database (

Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is often confused with Butterfly Bush (Buddleia). They are not the same. Butterfly bush is a large shrub that is a great nectar plant whereas Butterfly Weed is a short milkweed that can be used as a host plant by Monarchs as well as being a nectar plant.

Butterfly Weed Characteristics

Monarch butterflies use many different varieties of milkweeds to feed their caterpillars. Butterfly weed is one that they will use but it is usually not their first choice. In general, if there are other varieties in your garden they are likely to lay eggs on them first.

Asclepias tuberosa, commonly called Butterfly Weed is actually a variety of milkweed and is a host plant for Monarch butterflies. It is also a fabulous nectar plant for many species of butterflies. In my garden I value it more as a nectar plant than a host plant.

However, Asclepias tuberosa seeds will break dormancy after time. Our seeds have already broken dormancy and will germinate readily within a week or two after planting – no cold stratification needed.