Asclepias tuberosa

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Butterfly weed
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Genus: Asclepias
Species: A. tuberosa
Binomial name
Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a species of milkweed plant. It belongs in the subfamily Asclepiadoideae. It is native to North America. It blooms from June to September. The flowers are orange, red-orange, or yellow. This species is found in prairies, meadows, and fields. It likes well-drained soil and sunny or partly shaded places. Butterfly Weed grows from 0.3 to 0.9 meters tall (1–3 feet).[1]

Common names[change | change source]

Butterfly Weed has many common names. Here is a list of them:

  • Canada Root
  • Chigger Flower
  • Chiggerflower
  • Fluxroot
  • Indian Paintbrush
  • Indian Posy
  • Orange Milkweed
  • Orange Swallow-wort
  • Pleurisy Root
  • Silky Swallow-wort
  • Tuber Root
  • Yellow Milkweed
  • White-root
  • Windroot

References[change | change source]

  1. William Cullina (2000). Wildflowers: A Guide to Growing and Propagating Native Flowers of North America. The New England Wildflower Society. ISBN 0-395-96609-4

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