Butterfly Weed, Pleurisy Root
Unlike many milkweeds Butterfly weed does not have milky-sapped stems. Flowers are a food source for many types of butterflies and the leaves are eaten by the Monarch larvae. May take 2-3 years to establish and produce many flowers. Crown rot can be a problem in wet poorly drained soils.
June to early September
Butterfly gardens, prairies, naturalized areas
USDA zones 3-9
Easily grown from seeds. Plant produces seed pods that will split open and disperse silky seeds. Difficult to transplant because of the long taproot.
Easily grown in average to medium soils. Also does well in poor dry soils.
Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Eastern and Southern United States
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