Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a magnet for bees and butterflies in early spring — often providing an important source of nectar when other sources are scarce. What other perennial can rival its bright orange flowers, low mounding habit and high tolerance for drought? Although by August it has finished flowering in most of its range, it is an important plant to consider for a fall planting for next year’s butterfly garden or if you specifically want to plant something to help monarch butterflies or pollinators in general.
Combine this prairie perennial with any other medium-height perennial that offers a contrast in flower color and form. Use this plant massed in perennial gardens, butterfly gardens, informal prairie plantings or xeric landscapes.
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