Butterfly Weed


Definitely one of the most-anticipated summer bloomers in  our flora is butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa, a native milkweed with bright orange flowers. Our roadsides and sunlit meadows are ablaze. Butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees love it for its copious nectar. A couple of butterfly species — our beloved Monarchs for one — lay their eggs on it and the larvae eat the vegetation. Several organizations have begun distributing seeds of butterfly weed and other milkweeds for people to plant in support of monarchs, whose numbers are dwindling.

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