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propagating perennials: Asclepias tuberosa-Butterfly Weed
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Friday, May 23, 2008

Asclepias tuberosa-Butterfly Weed

Butterfly weed or butterfly milkweed is not easily propagated by division because the plant has a very strong tap root, stores food and water, that goes deep into the ground and any division may do poorly however they can be self seeding so you maybe able to locate seedlings in the spring and transplant before the tubers take hold, but it will take 2 years before the seedlings bloom. It is one plant that Monarch butterflies rely on, the nectar of the flowers, throughout the blooming season and the plants reach a height of 2 feet. Butterfly weed prefers dry soil conditions, gravel or sand, in sunny locations, too wet and the plants will die. It requires a cold winter to bloom from Texas to New England. It blooms June through September and the flower colors are red, orange and yellow.

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