Scientific Name: 
Asclepias Tuberosa
The Butterfly weed is a species of milkweed native to eastern North America. It blooms with clustered orange or yellow flowers and spirally arranged leaves from early summer to early fall. This plant requires fall sun and favors dry, sand or gravel soil, but has also been reported on stream margins. It is commonly known as Butterfly Weed because of the butterflies that are attracted to the plant by its color and its copious production of nectar. It is also the larval food plant of the Queen and Monarch butterflies, and it has been known to attract Hummingbirds, bees and other insects as well. In the past, Native Americans used it in herbal medicine recipes to treat pulmonary ailments and issues surrounding pregnancy. Photo by: D. Griffin