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Gay Butterflies Butterfly Weed*

Asclepias tuberosa 'Gay Butterflies'

* This is a “special order” plant – contact store for details

Height:  28 inches

Spread:  28 inches

Sunlight:  full sun

Hardiness Zone:  3a


Masses of tiny blossoms in shades of orange, red, pink, or lemon yellow, attracts butterflies to the garden; blooms last several weeks, and plants are drought tolerant and resistant to pests

Gay Butterflies Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa 'Gay Butterflies') at Hicks Nurseries

Ornamental Features

Gay Butterflies Butterfly Weed has fragrant orange flat-top flowers with red overtones and yellow eyes at the ends of the stems from mid to late summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Gay Butterflies Butterfly Weed is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Gay Butterflies Butterfly Weed is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Gay Butterflies Butterfly Weed will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 28 inches. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

Gay Butterflies Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa 'Gay Butterflies') at Hicks Nurseries

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided. This is a selection of a native North American species.


* This is a “special order” plant – contact store for details