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Butterflyweed, Milkweed: Asclepias
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|Above: butterflyweed Below: monarch on swamp milkweed
||Use: berms, beds, meadows , borders, prairies, marshes
Plant: deep rooted perennial to 5'
Origin: North American prairies, roadsides, and wetlands
Zone: 3 - 9
Flowers: Colorful or fragrant flowers clustered at end of stems. Complicated pollination mechanism requires large insects like butterflies.
Foliage: simple, sessile leaves most with milky sap
Culture: sunny location in average soil. Toleates poor, dry, rocky soil. Some species tolerate swampy soil. Attracts monarch butterflies.