Asclepias tuberosa

English name(s):
butterfly weed, butterfly milkweed
Family:  Asclepiadaceae
Description:
A summer blooming native perennial with brightly-colored orange flowers that attract insects. It is a host plant for the Monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus.
Habitat:
sunny location with dry to medium well-drained soil
Notes:

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photograph courtesy of Lisa K. SchlaG

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Plant identification
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.

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 3: 25.

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 3: 25.

  


  


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 created by Lisa K. SchlaG, 5.vii.2014