Perennial Plant Association’s Perennial Plant of the Year for 2017

Reposted with permission of the National Garden Bureau:

Asclepias tuberosa
2017 Perennial Plant of the Year™
A great pollinator plant!
Butterfly Weed – A North American Native Plant
Asclepias tuberosa are butterfly magnets. Flowers are a nectar source for many butterflies and leaves are a source for the monarch butterfly caterpillars.

Additionally, butterfly weed is subject to no serious insect or disease problems. Deer usually avoid butterfly weed.

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9

Light: Butterfly weed grows best in full sun

Soil: Grows best in well-drained soils and it is drought tolerant

Uses: Butterfly weed is a perfect selection for full-sun meadow or prairie gardens as well as formal to semi-formal urban gardens. Flower arrangers find the plants make long-lasting cut flowers.

For more information about Asclepias tuberosa, visit the Perennial Plant Association

Founded in 1920, the National Garden Bureau is a non-profit organization whose mission is to disseminate basic instructions and inspirations for backyard gardeners and those who want to garden; encouraging them to spend more time outdoors enjoying all nature has to offer. 


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