Butterflyweed

(Asclepias tuberosa)

Milkweed Family

Butterflyweed

One of the brightest and most conspicuous of northern wild flowers with hairy, clumped to bushy stems growing up to 3 feet tall. The alternate, hairy leaves are 4 inches long and less than 1 inch wide. Spreading clusters, up to 25 flowers each of which is less than ¾ inch long, arise where the leaves join the stem. The flowers range in color from bright yellow to blazing orange. This plant, unlike other milkweeds, has no milky juice.

Last Modified: 1/11/17 2:17 PM