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This plant features brilliant orange flowers that light up the garden and are attractive to pollinators, including monarchs and honeybees.

Latin Name

Asclepias tuberosa



Also Known As

Pleurisy Root

Type of Plant

Perennials Perennials

Bloom Season

June - August


Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 2.5'
Max spread Max Spread: 1.5'


  • Flower Border
  • Naturalize
  • Rain Garden

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Deer
  • Drought
  • Erosion
  • Shallow-Rocky Soil
  • Dry Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies Butterflies


    Do not ingest Do not ingest


    Native Range

    Eastern United States


    They are native in all counties of Virginia and have long been popular in gardens, including Lady Skipwith's garden at Prestwould in 1793.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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