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Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

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  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa) http://www.sagebud.com/butterfly-milkweed-asclepias-tuberosa
    Credit: Photo (c)2009 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) | Own Picture. | License: GFDL-1.2
  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa) http://www.sagebud.com/butterfly-milkweed-asclepias-tuberosa
    Credit: Photo (c)2009 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) | Own Picture. | License: GFDL-1.2
  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa) http://www.sagebud.com/butterfly-milkweed-asclepias-tuberosa
    Credit: Photo (c)2009 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) | Own Picture. | License: GFDL-1.2
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  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa) http://www.sagebud.com/butterfly-milkweed-asclepias-tuberosa
    Credit: Jim Conrad | JIM CONRAD'S NATURALIST NEWSLETTER. Written and issued at the woods edge near Natchez, Mississippi.http://www.backyardn...http://www.backyardn... | License: CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa) http://www.sagebud.com/butterfly-milkweed-asclepias-tuberosa
    Credit: Jim Conrad | JIM CONRAD'S NATURALIST NEWSLETTER. Written and issued at the woods edge near Natchez, Mississippi.http://www.backyardn...http://www.backyardn... | License: CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
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  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa) http://www.sagebud.com/butterfly-milkweed-asclepias-tuberosa
    Credit: Photo by and (c)2008 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) | Own Picture. | License: GFDL-1.2
  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa) http://www.sagebud.com/butterfly-milkweed-asclepias-tuberosa
    Credit: Photo by and (c)2008 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man). Co-attribution must be given to the Chanticleer Garden. | Own Picture | License: CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa) http://www.sagebud.com/butterfly-milkweed-asclepias-tuberosa
    Credit: Photo by and (c)2009 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) | Own Picture. | License: GFDL-1.2
  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa) http://www.sagebud.com/butterfly-milkweed-asclepias-tuberosa
    Credit: Photo by and (c)2007 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) | Own Picture. | License: GFDL-1.2
  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa) http://www.sagebud.com/butterfly-milkweed-asclepias-tuberosa
    Credit: Photo by and (c)2008 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) | Own Picture | License: GFDL-1.2
  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa) http://www.sagebud.com/butterfly-milkweed-asclepias-tuberosa
    Credit: Photo by and (c)2009 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) | Own Picture. | License: GFDL-1.2
  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa) http://www.sagebud.com/butterfly-milkweed-asclepias-tuberosa
    Credit: Photo by and (c)2009 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) | Own Picture. | License: GFDL-1.2
  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa) http://www.sagebud.com/butterfly-milkweed-asclepias-tuberosa
    Credit: Photo by and (c)2008 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man). Co-attribution must be given to the Chanticleer Garden. | Own Picture | License: CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated GFDL
  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa) http://www.sagebud.com/butterfly-milkweed-asclepias-tuberosa
    Credit: Photo by and (c)2009 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) | Own Picture. | License: GFDL-1.2
  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa) http://www.sagebud.com/butterfly-milkweed-asclepias-tuberosa
    Credit: Photo by and (c)2008 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) | Own Picture | License: GFDL-1.2
  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa) http://www.sagebud.com/butterfly-milkweed-asclepias-tuberosa
    Credit: Photo by and (c)2007 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) | Own Picture. | License: GFDL-1.2
  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa) http://www.sagebud.com/butterfly-milkweed-asclepias-tuberosa
    Credit: Photo by and (c)2008 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) | Own Picture | License: GFDL-1.2
  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa) http://www.sagebud.com/butterfly-milkweed-asclepias-tuberosa
    Credit: Photo by and (c)2008 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) | Own Picture | License: GFDL-1.2
  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa) http://www.sagebud.com/butterfly-milkweed-asclepias-tuberosa
    Credit: Photo by and (c)2008 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) | Own Picture | License: GFDL-1.2
  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa) http://www.sagebud.com/butterfly-milkweed-asclepias-tuberosa
    Credit: Photo by Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 GFDL-1.2
  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa) http://www.sagebud.com/butterfly-milkweed-asclepias-tuberosa
    Credit: Photo by Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 GFDL-1.2
  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa) http://www.sagebud.com/butterfly-milkweed-asclepias-tuberosa
    Credit: Photo by Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 GFDL-1.2
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  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa) http://www.sagebud.com/butterfly-milkweed-asclepias-tuberosa
    Credit: Photo by Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) | Own work | License: CC-BY-SA-2.5 GFDL-1.2
  • Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa) http://www.sagebud.com/butterfly-milkweed-asclepias-tuberosa
    Credit: Photo (c)2008 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) | Own Picture. | License: GFDL-1.2
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Asclepias Tuberosa, or more commonly know as Butterfly Milkweed, is a forb/herb (a forb/herb is a non-woody plant that is not a grass) with green foliage and orange flowers of the genus Asclepias. It has a slow growth rate and a height of 2 feet at maturity. Its duration is perennial which means it will grow year after year. It's active growth period is spring and summer, blooms during mid summer and is intolerant of shade. Asclepias Tuberosa or Butterfly Milkweed's floral region is North America US Lower 48, specifically in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont and Wisconsin.

  • Category: Dicot
  • Genus: Asclepias
  • Family: Asclepiadaceae
  • Order: Gentianales
  • Class: Magnoliopsida
  • Division: Magnoliophyta
  • Duration: Perennial
  • Growth Habit: Forb/herb
  • Native Status: L48 (N) CAN (N)
  • State T/E Status: ME (PX) NH (E) NY (EV) RI (SC) VT (T)
  • State T/E Common Name: ME (butterfly weed) NH (butterfly-weed) NY (butterfly-weed) RI (butterfly milkweed) VT (butterfly-weed)
  • Active Growth Period: Spring and Summer
  • After Harvest Regrowth Rate: Slow
  • Allelopath: No
  • Bloat: None
  • C:N Ratio: Low
  • Coppice Potential: No
  • Fall Conspicuous: No
  • Fire Resistance: No
  • Flower Color: Orange
  • Flower Conspicuous: Yes
  • Foliage Color: Green
  • Foliage Porosity Summer: Moderate
  • Foliage Porosity Winter: Porous
  • Foliage Texture: Coarse
  • Fruit/Seed Color: Brown
  • Fruit/Seed Conspicuous: Yes
  • Growth Form: Multiple Stem
  • Growth Rate: Slow
  • Height Mature (feet): 2
  • Leaf Retention: No
  • Lifespan: Moderate
  • Low Growing Grass: No
  • Resprout Ability: No
  • Shape and Orientation: Erect
  • Toxicity: None
  • Adapted to Coarse Textured Soils: Yes
  • Adapted to Fine Textured Soils: No
  • Adapted to Medium Textured Soils: Yes
  • Anaerobic Tolerance: None
  • CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
  • Cold Stratification Required: No
  • Drought Tolerance: High
  • Fertility Requirement: Low
  • Fire Tolerance: High
  • Frost Free Days Minimum: 135
  • Hedge Tolerance: None
  • Moisture Use: Low
  • pH (Minimum): 4.8
  • pH (Maximum): 6.8
  • Planting Density per Acre Minimum: 3450
  • Planting Density per Acre Maximum: 7200
  • Precipitation (Minimum): 28
  • Precipitation (Maximum): 45
  • Root Depth Minimum (inches): 16
  • Salinity Tolerance: None
  • Shade Tolerance: Intolerant
  • Temperature Minimum (°F): -33
  • Bloom Period: Mid Summer
  • Commercial Availability: Routinely Available
  • Fruit/Seed Abundance: Medium
  • Fruit/Seed Period Begin: Summer
  • Fruit/Seed Period End: Fall
  • Fruit/Seed Persistence: No
  • Propagated by Bare Root: No
  • Propagated by Bulbs: No
  • Propagated by Container: Yes
  • Propagated by Corms: No
  • Propagated by Cuttings: No
  • Propagated by Seed: Yes
  • Propagated by Sod: No
  • Propagated by Sprigs: No
  • Propagated by Tubers: No
  • Seed per Pound: 70000
  • Seed Spread Rate: Slow
  • Seedling Vigor: Low
  • Small Grain: No
  • Vegetative Spread Rate: None




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