Butterfly Weed
Asclepias tuberosa - Linnaeus
Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed) Family


Butterfly Weed is also known as Butterfly Milkweed and Butterfly Plant.

Plant is an upright, smooth perennial. Preferred habitat is pine lands, savannas or moist wooded sites. Distribution is coastal in the Escambia region.

Leaves are opposite, consisting of one part, short stalked, long and slender to lance-like, no teeth and no lobes.

Flowers are in clusters at the end of new growth stems; corolla is red and bears orange to reddish or yellow hoods. Flowers occur from spring to autumn if the plant is kept in a protected environment.

Fruit is a pod that has more than one seed and when mature the pod splits along the suture

A close relative, A. rubra, is similar but has leaves that are less than six inches long while this plant has leaves that are much longer and narrow.

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