butterfly weed, butterfly milkweed
A summer blooming native perennial with brightly-colored orange flowers that attract insects. It is a host plant for the Monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus.
sunny location with dry to medium well-drained soil
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The Ohio State University Herbarium:
Ashtabula County, 2 July 1980, collector:  Barbara K. Andreas  voucher specimen
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Newcomb's: Key Group no. 532, p. 188
Historical description: "It ... stains the pastures with a brilliant orange-color, which, I should think, would set the colorist of the impressionist school quite wild." Naturalist F. Schuyler Mathews' description of butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa, in his book Familiar Flowers of Field and Garden, 1894.
virtual herbarium sheet 000013 created by Lisa K. SchlaG, 5.vii.2014