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NC Native Plant Society:
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Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Weed, Butterfly Milkweed, Orange Milkweed, Pleurisy Root, Chigger Flower

Scientific Name:

Asclepias tuberosa

Genus:

Asclepias

Species Epithet:

tuberosa

Common Name:

Butterfly Weed, Butterfly Milkweed, Orange Milkweed, Pleurisy Root, Chigger Flower

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Apocynaceae (Dogbane Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Orange, Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June, July, August

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

“Woodland margins, roadsides, pastures.” Weakley 2015

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

Notes:

It is very drought tolerant and puts down a long tap root, making it difficult to move.

Blooms

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Blooms & Buds

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Martha Baskin
Nantahala, NC

Blooms

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Martha Baskin
Nantahala, NC

Plant

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Martha Baskin
Nantahala, NC

Seeds & Pods

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Martha Baskin
Nantahala, NC

Developing fruit (follicle)

Garden in Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Asclepias tuberosa. You will likely hear them called Butterfly Weed, Butterfly Milkweed, Orange Milkweed, Pleurisy Root, Chigger Flower. This picture shows the Developing fruit (follicle) of Asclepias tuberosa

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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