Audubon Native Butterfly Weed with native birds
Native Butterfly Weed bright orange flowers and deep green leaves seen in floral landscape
Audubon representative planting potted Butterfly Weed in native garden
Native Butterfly Weed closeup of orange flowers and deep green leaves in landscape
Native Butterfly Weed orange flowers and deep green leaves planted next to blush pink flowers
Native Butterfly Weed orange flowers and round orange buds planted in garden bed
Closeup of Native Butterfly Weed orange star-shaped flowers and round orange buds
Native Butterfly Weed potted plant with light green leaves and small orange blooms
Native Butterfly Weed orange flowers and deep green leaves on a white background
Native Regions map for Butterfly Weed
Chipping Sparrow
Tufted Titmouse
Baltimore Oriole
Audubon Native Butterfly Weed with native birds
Native Butterfly Weed bright orange flowers and deep green leaves seen in floral landscape
Audubon representative planting potted Butterfly Weed in native garden
Native Butterfly Weed closeup of orange flowers and deep green leaves in landscape
Native Butterfly Weed orange flowers and deep green leaves planted next to blush pink flowers
Native Butterfly Weed orange flowers and round orange buds planted in garden bed
Closeup of Native Butterfly Weed orange star-shaped flowers and round orange buds
Native Butterfly Weed potted plant with light green leaves and small orange blooms
Native Butterfly Weed orange flowers and deep green leaves on a white background
Native Regions map for Butterfly Weed
Chipping Sparrow
Tufted Titmouse
Baltimore Oriole

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Mature Height: 1-2' tall
  • Mature Width: 1-2' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 1-2' apart

FEATURES:

  • May Benefit & Attract: Chickadees & titmice, orioles, sparrows, vireos, waxwings, wood warblers, and wrens
  • The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
  • This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Audubon® Butterfly Weed

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Asclepias tuberosa

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Why the Audubon® Butterfly Weed?

You may think of Butterfly Weed as only a monarch butterfly host plant, but this valuable native makes a fine addition to your backyard bird habitat as well. Its blaze-orange flowers lure in hummingbirds. The plant also attracts insects like aphids, which some birds find delicious. But perhaps the most special thing about it is the silky floss in the seedpods. It makes choice material for lining bird nests! Leave your Butterfly Weed standing over the winter, so the birds can gather it in spring. Better yet, store it in a dry place and put it out for them at the end of winter.

Calling all monarchs! Give our beautiful native monarch butterflies a boost with Butterfly Weed, a type of Milkweed that monarchs use as a host plant for their young. In fact, monarch caterpillars will ONLY eat Milkweeds, so if you truly want to help the monarchs, this is the Spirit you need to plant. Butterfly Weed grows wild from the Rocky Mountains to the East Coast in average to dry soil. In spring, female monarchs that have made the incredible journey to Mexico will head north, following Butterfly Weed and other Milkweeds as they emerge from dormancy. They will lay their eggs and die, their mission completed.

How to use in the landscape?

In 2017, the Perennial Plant Association selected Butterfly Weed as the Perennial Plant of the Year. In making their decision each year, the PPA chooses a Spirit that is adaptable to growing conditions over a wide area, that is relatively easy to grow, that is showy during multiple seasons of the year, and that exhibits resistance to pests and diseases.

Why Bower & Branch?

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower

Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.

What is the definition of Native?

“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society

Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.

Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 3-9

    Mature Height: 1-2' tall

    Mature Width: 1-2' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun

    Spacing: 1-2' apart

How To Plant

Butterfly Weed loves to bask in all-day sun, and it will grow in just about any type of soil as long as it’s well drained. Once it’s established, the plant will be quite drought tolerant. Butterfly Weed develops a thick taproot to enable it to survive during dry periods, which makes it difficult to transplant, so don’t try to move a well-rooted plant. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage rebloom. Cut back plants any time before new growth appears in the spring. Be patient—this Spirit is slow to emerge. You may want to mark its location before winter comes, so you don’t forget where it is!

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

How Does Shipping Work?

Size AA & AAA (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

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