Butterfly weed will brighten your garden

Butterfly weed will brighten your garden
Butterfly weed will brighten your garden
Butterfly weed will brighten your garden: Butterfly weed is an absolute must have plant, if you are looking at attracting butterflies and other beneficial insects to your garden.

This plant is botanically known as Asclepias tuberosa.
It has a few common names, such as butterfly weed, Indian paintbrush, orange milkweed, pleurisy root and yellow milkweed.

Butterfly weed not only attracts butterflies to your garden. It also attracts other beneficial insects, such as lady beetles and bees. Birds such as humming birds also love this plant and its flowers.

Description:
This plant It has flat clusters of bright orange blossoms.
It blooms from early summer to first frost in most areas. It is about one to two feet tall, with glossy leaves that are arranged spirally up the length of the stem.

You may have to keep butterfly weed in check, as it can sprout very quickly all over the garden.
You can cut off the seed pods before they open to avoid this happening.

If you break a leaf or stem of common milkweed, a milky white sap will ooze out. This substance, which is the reason for the name “milkweed,” can be irritating to bare skin.

Though butterfly weed is often called “orange milkweed,” and is in the same family as common milkweed, it doesn’t have this milky sap.

Where to grow butterfly weed:
Butterfly weed is well-adapted to any harsh conditions.  It grows well in clay soil, in dry or rocky soil, or even in drought conditions. It does best in full sun, but will withstand some shade as well. Butterfly weed is a very hardy plant.

How to grow butterfly weed:
Butterfly weed can be grown from seeds you sow directly in the garden. This is best done in fall.
Thus they will sprout in spring. These plants can also be purchased from your local nursery.

Do not overwater this plant. It needs to be well watered through its first season though, and then it can be left more or less dry. This palnt can be left on its own when established.

This plant also does not need fertilization.  A topdressing of compost or composted manure once per year around the plant is sufficient.

Pests and diseases:
Butterfly weeds do not have many pests or diseases.
Aphids can sometimes be a problem. Just a blast of water from the hose is usually enough to get rid of them.
Also, if you grow butterfly weed in a very wet location, root and crown rot can be a problem.

Plants that grow well around butterfly weed.
The following are some plants that grow well with butterfly weed:
Coreopsis, Catmint, Russian, Russian Sage, Purple Coneflower, Rudbeckia grasses, such as Fountain grass, Switchgrass, or Northern sea oats.
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 Butterfly weed will brighten your garden

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