The Plant Store will re-open for sales the week of May 13th, 2024 for local pickup

  • Please see the Using the Plant Library  page  for some tips on how to make the most of the information here to select species for creating a healthy native plant community suited to the conditions of your site.
  • I'm currently working on shifting the store part of this site over to more complex software that will allow for filtering by multiple plant traits and making wish lists of species you would like to order, so please bear with me when it comes to announcing the exact species offerings for 2024 (there will be lots, including some species not previously offered).

Asclepias tuberosa, Orange Butterfly Weed

Asclepias tuberosa

Orange Butterfly Weed

  • Requires a full sun setting to thrive
  • Thrives in dry settings, requires good drainage, not tolerant of soggy conditions
  • Grows to roughly 36" in height and width
  • Perfect for hot, dry gardens and dry meadows

A clump forming, rather than running, Milkweed species, these ones are happiest in dry location and plenty of sunlight, fitting equally well into dry meadow gardens and conventional sunny perennial beds.

Their bright orange flowers appear in mid summer and are popular with bees, especially bumble bees in my observation, as well as butterflies.

The foliage of this species is palatable to monarch butterfly caterpillars, although I’ve read that the levels of cardenolide, the substance in milkweed foliage that makes baby monarch toxic to predators, is lower in this species, making it a good pollen and nectar source but not quite as good a source of greens as other members of this plant family.

They can take a couple of years to reach their mature size of to between 2’ and 3’ tall and wide but tend to be quite long lived after that, as long as they receive enough sunlight and have sufficient drainage (they really don't like wet feet!)

Species that were not sown / aren't being sown for 2023 are marked with an * 
Species that are native to this continent, but not historically native to Ontario are marked with a ~ 
While it rarely comes up, I do reserve the right to limit plant quantities, mostly to help ensure that as many native plant gardens as possible become a reality