Asclepias Tuberose. Butterfly Weed is a native perennial to the U.S. and Canada. The plant was introduced into Europe in 1690. Flower stalks, two to two and one-half feet in height, appear in mid-summer displaying delightful orange flowers.
Flowers are excellent for cutting and the seed pods are a nice addition to a dried arrangement. Seeds can be sown late winter indoors, or outside in the spring where the plants are to grow. Leave plants undisturbed once they are established, as they move poorly. Butterfly Weed prefers full sun and can tolerate drought.
Heirloom seeds are collected from the gardens and grounds at George Washington’s Mount Vernon and cleaned and packaged by hand.