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Butterfly Weed for Sale:

Butterfly weed is one of the most pollinator-friendly plants that a gardener can grow. Its orange flowers are vibrant and ornamental. It's a plant that provides plenty of nectar for butterflies and bees, and sometimes even hummingbirds.

Here is everything you need to know about butterfly weed and where to buy one:

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Here at Wholesale Nursery Co., we sell bare root Butterfly Weed plants. When you enter your zip code, we will send out your order so that it arrives at the ideal planting time for your USDA zone. Keep reading to learn more about the butterfly weed.

Scientific Name: Asclepias tuberosa
USDA Zones: 4 to 9
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Height/Habit: up to 2 feet
Spread: up to 3 feet
Flower Color: Orange/Yellow

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Native habitat

The butterfly weed grows naturally in prairies and meadows. It has also been found on sunny slopes and woodland borders. It can grow in poor soil and will tolerate periods of drought.

Description

This plant grows around two feet tall or up to three feet in ideal conditions. It has dark green foliage and its long leaves grow in an alternating pattern.

The flowers are orange and umbel shaped. It blooms throughout summer and its spent flowers can be removed to encourage further blooming.

In winter, the vegetation may die back. However, because it's a perennial, the vegetation will regrow in spring.

Why Buy a Butterfly Weed?

It is a host plant to the monarch butterfly. This means that the butterflies lay their eggs on this plant. Then, the caterpillars feed off of their leaves, form cocoons, then emerge as fully-grown butterflies.

Without butterfly bush and other milkweeds, the monarch butterfly would not survive!

In addition to being a host plant for monarch butterflies, the butterfly weed is one of those plants that many beneficial insects flock to. Because it is rich in nectar and can regenerate nectar quickly, many hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, and other insects are drawn to it.

With the increasing popularity of pollinator-friendly gardens, butterfly weed is a must-have for anyone growing a pollinator garden. In the right conditions, it is easy to grow and basically takes care of itself.

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Butterfly Weed Soil Requirements:

The butterfly weed should be grown in well-drained, poor, dry soils. It doesn't do well in wet soils and is susceptible to root rot if it experiences excess moisture. The butterfly weed does well in sandy, free-draining soils.

Will Butterfly Weed Come Back Every Year?

Yes, the butterfly weed will come back every year.

The butterfly weed is a perennial in USDA zones four through eight. This means that the roots will survive frosty winters and will regrow shoots in the following spring. It may be able to tolerate zone three conditions and return the following year.

Where Should I Plant It?

The best place to plant the butterfly weed is in a sunny location with dry soil. It does well in rock gardens and gardens with sandy soil. Plant it in borders, flower beds, or containers.

How Do I Plant Butterfly Weed?

  1. Dig a hole large enough for the roots (but not too large), the roots should be no more than an inch below the surface of the soil
  2. Backfill the hole and firm in the soil gently
  3. Mulch now or in the fall with a thin layer of mulch
  4. Water thoroughly to remove any air pockets and to help the plant become more established

Aftercare

  • Deadheading can prolong blooming time
  • If vegetation begins to rot at the end of fall, it should be removed at the base and disposed of 
  • Collect seeds to plant in spring or to give away

Will It Spread?

The butterfly weed will spread somewhat. It does not spread by roots or by rhizome, but by seed. Each summer, this plant will produce hundreds of seeds. When it releases those seeds, they can travel downwind.

If you don’t want your butterfly weed to spread seed too much, deadhead the spent flowers. This will encourage further blooming and decrease seed dispersal.

Is Butterfly Weed Toxic?

In traditional medicine, the butterfly weed’s root has been used for treating ailments. Extracts of the roots are still used in medicine and scientific research. It is not recommended to consume other parts of the butterfly weed, however.

Is Butterfly Weed Toxic to Animals?

Butterfly weed leaves and stems are toxic to animals if ingested. Fortunately, most pets and animals will avoid the plant. Because of its toxicity, this plant is deer-resistant.

Other Pollinator-friendly Plants for Sale:

If you are interested in adding plants to your pollinator garden, here is a list of a few of the best plants for pollinators. They are great options because they are all native to the US, they produce plenty of nectar, and they are easy to grow. 

If you are ready to make your outdoor space a haven for pollinators, check out these awesome plants: 

Milkweed

The milkweed is in the same group and family as the butterfly weed. It is another host plant for monarch butterflies. Unlike the butterfly weed, the milkweed spreads by rhizome. It has purple, umbel flowers that attract pollinators like bees and butterflies. It is easy to grow and can tolerate wetter soils than the butterfly weed.

Zones: 4 to 9
Sun exposure: Full sun
Mature height: up to 3½ feet
Water: average to moist
Best for pollinator gardens, borders, woodlands edge, and cottage gardens.

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Blazing Star

Blazing-star has gorgeous, tall flowers that pollinators love; this plant is almost too good to be true! It tolerates a range of soils, but does best in organic, free-draining soils. It is easy to grow and makes an excellent border plant due to its height.

Zones: 3 to 9
Sun exposure: Full sun
Mature height: 3 to 6 feet
Water: Average
Best for the back of borders, pollinator gardens, and cottage gardens.

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Goldenrod

The goldenrod is native to North America and blooms from middle to late summer. Its bright yellow, fire-work blooms draw in bees, and other beneficial insects. It can be grown in many soil types, including clay. This flower is low maintenance, easy to grow, and can self-seed.

Zones: 4 to 9
Sun exposure: Full sun
Mature height: up to 5 feet
Water: average to moist
Best for pollinator gardens, borders, and cottage gardens.

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Jewelweed

Childhood wouldn't be the same without jewelweed. Jewelweed is a pollinator plant that has exploding flower pods. Whether you are buying this plant for your inner child or the butterflies, you won't go wrong! It is easy to grow and has stunning orange flowers surrounded by lush foliage.

Zones: 3 to 11
Sun exposure: Full sun
Mature height: 3 to 5 feet
Water: Average to moist
Best for pollinator gardens, woodland edges, and natural borders.

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Purple Coneflower

The pollinator-friendly purple coneflower is a no-fuss plant that flowers summer long. It is easy to grow and tolerates a wide range of soil conditions. The purple flowers draw in pollinators and other insects. After blooming, you can dread-head the flowers or let them self-seed to have even more plants (for free)!

Zones: 3 to 9
Sun exposure: Full sun
Mature height: up to 3 feet
Water: average to moist
Best for pollinator gardens, borders, and cottage gardens

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Yarrow

Yarrow is loved by bees and butterflies. Its umbel flowers are beautiful and come in many colors. Also, its leaves can be used to make tea. It's a win-win kind of plant. It is perennial, so it will reward you for years to come. Plus, it makes an excellent cut or dried flower.

Zones: 3 to 9
Sun exposure: Full sun
Mature height: up to 3 feet
Water: average to moist
Best for pollinator gardens, borders, and cottage gardens.

Whether you are looking for butterfly weed for sale or are interested in growing other pollinator-friendly flowers, we hope you found this page useful. If you have any unanswered questions about the butterfly weed, please ask! We are here to answer any of your questions.

Butterfly Weed

Butterfly Milkweed

The Butterfly Milkweed plant is certainly one of the most beautiful wildflowers in North America. Its beauty comes not only from its appearance but also from its fragrance. The plant that most people think of is A. Syriaca or the common plant. The Bloom Of Butterfly Milkweed The Butterfly Milkweed blooms out in a star-spangled banner-type display. At the top of the stem is a myriad of tiny flowers colored in a watercolor-like light purple. They also bloom in most other colors of the spectrum. The plant is blooming in yellow, orange, green, and pink. To propagate themselves, these plants develop a seed pod that dries and then splits open to spread hundreds of seeds in the fall. Benefits Of Planting Butterfly Milkweed Depending on the type of plant, it can grow from 2 to 5 feet in height. It grows in zones 3 to 9. This plant attracts the usual pollinating insects, such as bees, hummingbirds, and especially Monarch butterflies. Monarch butterflies love this plant because it is their main food source and also supplies a secure place for the female to spread her eggs, mostly on the underside of the leaves. Caring For The Butterfly Milkweed These plants are fast spreading, giving them plenty of room in your garden. They like from 6 to 8 hours of sunshine. A good place in the garden is where they are protected from the wind so that you can control the spread of the seeds. This helps prevent the plant from taking over your garden. This also provides a haven for the Monarchs. Most Butterfly Milkweed plants do well in just about any soil. The exception is the Swamp weed, which requires moist and humus soil. Plant them in a well-cultivated flowerbed that has been worked to a fine mix. Add the recommended amount of fertilizer for an average soil mix. There is no genuine special care for the soil. Sow the seeds and tamp the soil. Water the flower bed and wait.

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Milkweed Plant

Milkweed Plant

Milkweed Plant is an easy-to-grow plant that is essential for many butterfly gardens. Several characteristics that appeal to gardeners and butterfly watchers alike include its size, flowering time, sturdiness, and natural attraction for butterflies. They are typically found in Zones 3 to 9. It enjoys full sun but can deal with a bit of shade here and there. Milkweed Plants Can Get Up To 5 Feet High They usually appear in bunches of strong green stalks that could reach up to 5 feet high but typically 2 to 4 feet. Thanks to the sturdy nature of these stems, there is no need to prop them up; they will stand on their own. The leaves are various shades of green, thick and robust. They grow to about 6 to 8 inches long and 2 to 4 inches wide. It is ideal for planting to place these about 18 inches apart. Additionally, this flower requires no fertilizers and does well in less-than-perfect soil. Their flower pods grow from the top of the flower and are usually found in small groups, producing many flowers at once. The flowers grow to about .75 inches and .4 inches wide. They are generally light to dark pink and let off a lovely, sweet scent. The Milkweed Plant Grows Fruit Pods Fruit pods also grow on Milkweed plants. They are about 4 inches long and shaped like a sphere, with little nubs growing on them. The pods start out green and, as they mature, turn brown. At this stage, they can be used for flower arrangements. Once they dry completely, they will split open. Many seeds can be taken from one pod. Milkweed Plant Is a Vital Butterfly Garden Plant Finally, the Milkweed plant is an ideal and vital flower for Monarch Butterflies. Not only do they eat the leaves, but they also form their chrysalis and mature and hatch on the very same flower.

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Blazing Star

Blazing Star

Picture a Blazing Star Plant at the water's edge of a pond, then color that cattail a vibrant purple, and transform the plant from the water to the prairie, or in your case, your garden, and you've got a great sense of the Plant. Capable of reaching heights of up to 4 feet, the plants are majestic, and many people love to cut them and put them in vases in the house. Where To Plant The Blazing Star The plants grow ideally in a half-shade, half-sunrise environment. Since they grow so tall, they are frequently used at the back of gardens to define the back edge. They are exceedingly hardy plants that do well in almost any type of soil as long as there is adequate drainage.  The Blazing Star's Bloom Time Blazing Star blooms from July to August, which makes it ideal because many spring and early summer bloomers tend to look quite drab after their early blooming period. One perfect thing about plants is that they are impervious to all common plant diseases.  Attract Wildlife With Blazing Star  The plants attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, making them a great asset to your garden. Most people purchase the plants by buying tubers from a garden shop, although they can also be propagated with seeds. Blazing Star can be spaced as close as 6 inches apart, and many people love to grow three or four in a decorative pot. An excellent garden idea is to make a complete path of the plants in your backyard using decorative pots. Another advantage to the plants is that if you have a lot of deer around, they tend not to be interested in eating these plants.

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Golden Rod

Golden Rod

The Golden Rod plant is an herbaceous perennial defined by its bright yet small and dense clusters of yellow flowers. These beautiful blooms sit atop the tall green stems from July through September. Native to North America, Mexico, and Eurasia, these plants are commonly found in woodlands, meadows, prairies, swamps, and gardens. The Benefits Of Planting Golden Rod This perennial is simple to grow and will flourish in various conditions. It's drought-tolerant and possesses attractive nectar alongside tasty seeds that will attract an array of curious bees, butterflies, and birds. Part of the Aster botanical family, this plant is resistant to deer. It's also not prone to any serious diseases or insect problems. The Growth Of Golden Rod The Plant will extend up to a size of between three and seven feet and a width of six to eight feet. Depending on the specific species, this plant may have one or multiple wooden stems erecting from its roots. The stems tend to be very rigid and smooth to the touch. Along its stems, this herbaceous plant alternates dark green leaves between two and a half and three and a half inches long by one-half to one inch wide. These leaves are typically serrated and can be smooth or hairy. This plant gives off a light anise or licorice aroma. Golden Rod's Stunning Flowers Golden Rod produces clusters of flowers at its peak throughout the summer and fall months. Each specific bloom has five ray flowers measuring less than a quarter of an inch. These disk flowers have a total width of around one-third an inch, making them relatively minuscule.Golden Rod loves to grow in clusters, making it the perfect plant for bordering gardens, walkways, and much more. Its invigorating yellow burst of color can provide a great contrast against dark green foliage. Due to its height, this herbaceous plant is commonly chosen by homeowners as an attractive backdrop for household gardens. With its lovely, sweet scent, it can also make the perfect potted patio plant.

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Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower

The purple coneflower is an excellent addition to any miniature garden that blooms in the summer and fall. This showy flower has a fibrous root system ideal for growing in different soil conditions. Also referred to as Echinacea Purpurea, this plant is drought, deer, and rabbit resistant.  Purple Coneflower's Features This herbaceous perennial is regularly used as a bordering plant due to its ability to propagate quickly. It's easily identified by its unique, showy arrangement of flowers. Each one of this beautiful plant's stalks will play host to a giant purple to pink hue flower. All flowers will have a spiny orange center and drooping petals. Purple Coneflower's Benefits Native to the central and southeastern portion of the United States, the plant is a delight for all types of gardens. It is commonly utilized in wooded areas and meadow-like expanses. This easy grower isn't prone to any serious diseases or pest infestations. Its sweet summertime nectar will attract an abundance of beautiful wildlife. Bees, hummingbirds, goldfinches, and other songbirds will all seek out this plant's nourishing seeds.  Purple Coneflower has a long-lasting bloom, providing a sweet color throughout most summer and fall months. A great cool-tone addition to any household garden, this robust plant will grow up to four feet tall and have a spread of between one and a half and two feet wide. A single healthy plant can showcase between 25 and 50 prominent flowerheads during its blooming season each year.  Purple Coneflower's Beauty Apart from its overly showy flowers, the Purple Coneflower has lance-shaped leaves with an altering arrangement. With a deep green hue, these leaves will feel sandpapery to the touch. Also sporting a green color, this plant's stems are round and hollow. They don't possess any woody substance like some other herbaceous plants do.

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