How far apart should you plant butterfly weed?

Butterfly Weed, Whorled Milkweed, and Common Milkweed should all be spaced about 18” apart. Swamp Milkweed eventually matures to forms clumps up to 36″ across. You can plant them closer and then thin the plants as they grow in, or, plant Swamp Milkweed and its cultivars between 30” and 36” apart.

How do you plant butterfly weed tubers?

Sow butterfly weed seeds directly into the soil in the fall for spring sprouts, or sow indoors during the winter after cold stratification. Because of their long taproots, direct sowing is the preferred method of propagation.

Where should I plant my butterfly weed?

  1. Place butterfly weed in full sun. Your butterfly weed plant will require full sun to thrive, so find an unobstructed location outdoors where it will receive plenty of light.
  2. Space your plants appropriately.
  3. Plant butterfly weed in the fall or spring.
  4. Use slightly acidic soil.

Does butterfly weed attract monarchs?

Whether you call it butterflyweed or milkweed, this is one group of “weeds” you want in your landscape. They are butterfly magnets. The leaves are the preferred food source for the caterpillar of several species of butterflies, including monarchs. The flowers provide nectar for both butterflies and hummingbirds.

Does butterfly weed attract butterflies?

This showy plant is frequently grown from seed in home gardens. Its brilliant flowers attract butterflies. Because its tough root was chewed by the Indians as a cure for pleurisy and other pulmonary ailments, Butterfly Weed was given its other common name, Pleurisy Root.

What grows well with butterfly weed?

  • Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
  • Big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)
  • Broom sedge (Andropogon virginicus)
  • Tall coreopsis (Coreopsis tripteris)
  • Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
  • Tall, Rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)
  • Sweet black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

Can butterfly weed grow in part shade?

Butterfly milkweed will tolerant light or partial shade but produces fewer flowers in low light conditions. Mature plants self-seed readily, but the seedlings take up to three years to establish in the landscape. Avoid self-seeding by removing seedpods before they dry and split.

Should butterfly weed be deadheaded?

Maintenance and care: Deadheading encourages a second flowering about a month after the first. Even though butterfly weed self seeds readily, you may want to leave some of the flowers to mature, as the fruits are ornamental, similar to the familiar milkweed (A. syriaca) pods.

How do you plant butterfly weed seedlings?

Scatter the seeds over the prepared seed bed and then cover the seeds with approximately 1/4 inch of soil. The cold, moist conditions over winter improve seed germination. Seedlings should emerge in spring. Carefully transplant the seedlings to their permanent locations when the seedlings are 3 to 4 inches tall.

Will butterfly weed spread?

Like other types of milkweed, butterfly weed produces large seed pods that disperse small seeds with hairs that disperse on the wind. Thus, it can be an invasive plant that spreads every which way unless you break off the seed pods before they mature and split.


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