A Plant For All Seasons
Butterfly Weed, or Asclepias Tuberosa, is spectacular in every season. It has a rich orange crown of tiny flowers that will give a second bloom later in the season. The vibrant flower color is attractive to many bees and butterflies. One in particular, the monarch butterfly, receives a double dose of nectar for the adult butterfly and plant food for the larvae. This native plant likes full sun, but I do have a few plants in partial shade which do quite well.
I found my first plant alongside some old railroad tracks. Having been unsuccessful in digging these deep-rooted plants before, I came prepared with a large shovel instead of the Army shovel I carry for such occasions.
I have had this wonderful plant for quite a few years. The interestingly-shaped seed pods open to feathery winged ballerinas who provide my garden with new plants. I leave them wherever they root, occasionally potting a young seedling as a pass-along plant. Why not spread the joy?
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