Asclepias tuberosa

Asclepias tuberosa butterfly weed

Plant grows in the wild/spontaneouslyPlant is native to PA

This gorgeous flower starts blooming in June and persists throughout the summer attracting many kinds of butterflies.  The flower is constructed such that if a butterfly or a bee find the nectar, they must pollinate the plant.  The height of the plant varies depending on which habitat it grows in.  The seedpods are spindle-shaped.

Frequent in dry fields, roadsides, and shale barrens.

Present throughout the state, with most populations in the south.

Wetland code: Not classified

Flowers from late June through August.

Flowers  yellow to orange-red

Leaves  mostly alternate or opposite on the branches, sessile

Stems  erect or ascending, hairy and frequently branched above; juice not milky

S-rank:  S5 (Secure)
G-rank:  G5 (Secure)