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Tuberosa Asclepias Plant

  • - Butterfly Weed, Orange Milkweed, Milkweed
  • - Height: 2-3 feet
  • - Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • - Exposure: Full Sun
  • - Bloom Time: July-September
  • - Each Quart contains 1 Tuberosa Asclepias Plant
Plant Features

Enrich Your Green Space with Our Tuberosa Asclepias Starter Plants!

Also known as Butterfly Weed, this variety is a beloved North American native, lauded for its dazzling, nectar-filled orange blossoms that irresistibly draw butterflies, particularly Monarchs.

Key Features:

  • Bright Flowering: Indulge in the spectacle of radiant orange flower clusters that bloom from the beginning until the end of summer.
  • Drought Resistance: With its deep taproot, Tuberosa Asclepias flourishes in arid conditions.
  • Pollinator Magnet: Essential for butterfly gardens, Tuberosa caters to Monarch caterpillars, hummingbirds, and bees, while its fibers serve as nest-building materials for wild birds.
  • Easy Care: This resilient perennial needs little attention once it's taken root.
  • Compact Size: With a height of 1 to 2.5 feet, it's an ideal addition to borders, rock gardens, or limited spaces.
  • Non-Sticky Stems: This plant variety has less sticky sap in the stems than others.
  • Best-Seller: Our top-selling milkweed, and with excellent reason!
  • Alias: Also known as Orange Milkweed, Asclepias Tuberosa, Butterflyweed, Butterfly Milkweed, Orange Butterfly Weed.

Suggested Companion Plants:

Consider pairing with Aster, Echinacea, Kniphofia, Salvia for a diverse and attractive garden scene.

Care Guide for Tuberosa Asclepias:

For the initial 3-4 weeks after transplanting, ensure the plant is adequately watered. Subsequent watering is necessary only if the plant appears wilted. Deadhead the first wave of flowers to encourage more blooms. To prevent self-seeding, remove all flowers post-bloom. After the fall leaf drop, the plant can be cut back to ground level. Fertilizing in the spring is recommended.

Seize the Opportunity Now!

Infuse your garden with vibrant hues while playing an important part in pollinator conservation. Purchase your Tuberosa Asclepias starter plants today!

Attribute name Attribute value
Plant Needs
Sunlight 6+ hours
Soil Moisture Moist to Dry
Soil Properties Well-drained
Tolerates Sandy soil
Fertilizer When transplanted and then once every Spring
Attribute name Attribute value
Plant Characteristics
Height Category Tall
Mature Spread 1-2 feet
Habit Upright
Flower Color Orange
Foliage Color Green
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Features Cut Flower
Garden Styles Butterfly Garden, Container Garden, Pollinator Garden
Plant Used for Borders and Edging, Educational Value, Water Conservation
Critter Resistance Deer, Rabbit
Pet Friendly No
Plant Type Hybrid

Product Reviews


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Top Reviews

Butterfly Weed

Plants from here always arrive in super condition even during hot weather. Found where an armadillo dug one up. hurried up and replanted with a little root stimulator and looked good as they day they arrived! Perfect!

From Karen | August 16, 2023

Beautiful and healthy plants

This is my second order from this company and again, I am very pleased by the size and health of the plants.

From Marjory | August 09, 2023


I’ve seen Monarchs all season, love it,,❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

From anonymous | August 07, 2023

My favorite milkweed

I've made made gaillardia and milkweed the heart of my butterfly garden and these were flowering even before they were planted. All of the gaillardia and asclepias plants from Growjoy have been great. I ordered several if these and they are already blooming bigtime!

From Nora | July 09, 2023

Healthy flowers

Arrived in a quick time packaged well plant is healthy And growing I will use them again

From Jon | June 30, 2023

Butterfly plants

Bought a couple butterfly plants (Tuberosa Asclepias). Excellent services and the plants were in perfect condition. I did have a run in with a squirrel who kept digging one up, but simply moved it!

From William | June 03, 2023


I am loving this plant & so are the butterflies!!! I am so impressed with this companies plants,,,,they always arrive in beautiful condition & as soon as planted they take off growing!

From anonymous | August 19, 2022

Prime specimens packed with care

One could not hope for a more lovingly shipped plant! Every plant I've ever received from GrowJoy has been packed with Ace Ventura, Pet Detective in mind (remember the scene as he masqueraded as a UPS driver, treating a fragile box with wild abandon??). And then there's the treat of discovering the plant inside. I have been babying my new plants while waiting to get them into a new landscape cannot wait to see my results next year!

From Barbara | August 12, 2022

Healty plants

I love getting my plants from GrowJoy. This plant arrived healthy and is thriving in my flower garden since i planted it. I recommend this place to everyone and I will be sure to get more of my plants for them in the future.

From Dale | August 08, 2022

Butterfly milkweed

Aug 2021 , want to support monarch butterfly to lay eggs for larva , also have different leaf texture . Ordered a orange and yellow growing well pleased with this plant . Plan to add more of these thanks from Iowa zone 5 thanks

From Penny | August 28, 2021

Love their variety

GrowJoy has such a variety of plants which aren't available locally. The plants always arrive in great shape if there ever is a problem they are quick to solve it. They are very pleasant and easy to work with.

From LOUISE | August 10, 2021

Striking Orange Blossoms

I was so excited to see that my new arrival already had a great beginning with striking orange blossoms and healthy foliage! I'm new to GrowJoy. I and am so impressed by the quality of care they put into nurturing each plant and added protection for their journey to a new home. What they guarantee, is exactly what you receive. Wonderful selection is a bonus!

From Linda | July 31, 2021

Great Plants

Plants arrived healthy and are doing well

From Robert | May 15, 2021

Healthy plants

Arrived in great shape

From Robert | October 19, 2020

Lovely plants

I have ordered from 4 different plant companies this year. The plants from GrowJoy are by far the best packaged, and in the best shape! They have been planted and are doing well.

From Allison | October 16, 2020


Arrived in excellent condition.Have been in the ground now a few weeks and doing well.

From Heinz | October 11, 2020


Both of my plants arrived well packed and looking just fine. Bright buds and blooms already there and more showing up now that they are in the garden. What a wonderful addition to my new garden.

From Ann | August 06, 2020


Got them last year as bare root and they looked like they wouldn't grow but i followed their instruction and et voila.. very healthy and happy plants growing strong this spring. Thank you!!!

From anonymous | May 09, 2020

I love my Weed!

Butterfly weed that is. As always with Growjoy the plants arrived in excellent condition, packed and shipped with loving care.

From George | September 14, 2019

Plant is doing well

I have not planted it as yet because of the extreme heat in our area.

From anonymous | July 22, 2019

Millweed Plants

Three plans ordered, all arrived healthy and transplanted easily. Pluses: Healthy plants, well described on line. Minuses: Plants ordered 4/23, credit card immediately charged although plants were not shipped until mid June. Not a common practice with other companies I deal with. Would order from them again, but would keep this in mind.

From Ron | July 04, 2019

One damage

The packaging they sent the plants in was well put to together, I ordered two plants one was damaged. The other one was fine...

GrowJoy: David, did you contact our customer satisfaction folks? We'd be happy to send a replacement. 

From DAVID | June 13, 2019

Grow Joy and their plants are the best!!

Grow Joy is a delight to work with - actually, they are awesome to work with - and their plants are healthy and really great! You can't go wrong by buying from Grow Joy! We love our plants and so do the butterflies and birds!!

From Lois | June 13, 2019



From anonymous | June 13, 2019

My milk weed plants

I have come to love this company. My milk weed plants came in perfect shape, packaged well and were moist. It was no problem planting them into mymy garden. The staff is friendly and very helpful and get back to you in a timely way. I will be ordering again for sure. Bobbie

From Bobbie | May 11, 2019

Milkweed palnstys

Plants arrived dead but a call to customer service resulted in new plant being sent

From anonymous | September 20, 2018

Great Milkweed Plants

Fast shipping and healthy plants! Very satisfied!!!!

From Howard | August 20, 2018

Milkweed plant

I got this awesome butterfly milkweed plant and I love it! I also got one for my daughter! I've recommended GrowJoy to all my family and friends! I love GrowJoy!

From Donna | August 03, 2018

Butterfly Weed

Plant arrived well packaged, with good roots system. It transplanted well and as it grows big I put it in its own pot. At the moment its happily basking in the sun and getting ready to grow bigger and help save our butterflies, which is why I bought it.

From Mary | June 20, 2018

satisfied customer

i am very pleased with the plants i have purchased. they are thriving and well packaged. great customer service too. thanks. see you next year

From virgininia m | June 15, 2018

Orange Milkweed

I received my order and have planted but no pics yet as they are babies. The order was impressive, packaged very meticulously, and moist still ….all intact. This is my company from now on not just because of the care but they also have plants for my climate I’m unable to get at nurseries here. Great job GrowJoy!

From Sandy | June 13, 2018

Tuberosa Asclepias

Excellent quality plants for the price. Waiting for butterflies to come!

From Jayne | May 12, 2017

Butterfly weed already budding

Just planted two Asclepias less than a month ago and though the plants are still shorties (around 9 inches) one plant is already forming buds.

From Jill | June 11, 2016

Tubersoa Asclepias Plant

I love butterfly milkweed and can't wait until the plants bloom. Good looking healthy plants!

From Mark | May 20, 2016

Butterfly plant

The Tuberosa Asclepias is dong very well, can't wait till bloom.

From anonymous | May 16, 2016

I am so excited

This product arrived ahead of schedule and it is in excellent shape and size, the packaging made it a flawless delivery. It is progressing as I am writing and I am excited to see it in bloom. The hummingbirds are already coming back and, I don't have pets, so, this gives me a view of nature that is so enjoyable along with growing something beautiful. I feel I made an excellent choice in product.

From Jannie | April 21, 2016

Delightful Plant

I ordered one Tuberosa Asclepias plant from GrowJoy and am very impressed with it. It is one tough plant. It was such a tiny plant in its 3” pot when I received it from GrowJoy last spring that after I transplanted it into my garden, I accidentally stepped on it…twice. However, it bounced right back and bloomed very well. The butterflies seemed to enjoy it. Now I it is covered in these long okra-like seed pods that are beginning to open up and release their fluffy white seeds that get carried off by the wind. It truly is a delightful plant.

From Timothy | November 06, 2015

Excellent Tuberosa Plant

This was my first purchase with GrowJoy and I am very happy with the plants I received. They were packaged so carefully the plants weren't stressed at all. They were a very good size for planting and they were in excellent health. I would order from GrowJoy again.

From Maureen | June 11, 2015

Tuberosa Asclepias Plants

I ordered 9 Milkweed plants. They arrived on time and in great condition! My only issue is that I paid the additional amount to ensure 3 day shipping and the order wasn't processed as quickly as expected.

From Annalee | June 05, 2015

First time buyer of Tuberosa

Fast delivery and I planted them the same day and they are thriving. Only been a week and I see them growing. Thanks for nice healthy plants.

From Ralph | June 05, 2015

Very durable palnt

My Tuberosa Asclepias Plant arrived healthy and in great shape. However, later I planted it I accidentally stepped on it and squished it. It seems to be fine though and is doing well. I attribute this to the healthy root system that this plant arrived with.

From Timothy | May 29, 2015


My butterfly weed arrived quickly and in good health. No wilted or yellow leaves and by the next morning (after a nice drink of water) it was back to 100%, Thanks!!!!!

From meghan | April 03, 2015

Tuberosa Asclepias

This plant arrived in excellent shape!

From jerry | April 01, 2015

Butterfly Plant

So happy I purchased the Tuberosa Asclepias from GrowJoy! This will make a gorgeous addition to any garden.

From Justin | August 21, 2014

Butterfly heaven

Thanks for great Tuberosa Asclepias plant to support the butterflies

From anonymous | August 18, 2014

great Asclepias plants

My Tuberosa plants were great. They were a really nice size and came nicely packed in their shipping box. They are doing great. I love my new butterfly garden. Thanks!

From stephanie | May 15, 2014

Beautiful Asclepias

Tuberosa arrived in lovely condition.

From noel | April 10, 2014

Order-Asclepias plant

Best site for flowers and veggie plants :)

From anonymous | July 01, 2013

great Asclepias plants

Super fast shipping and arrived in great condition

From Michael | June 23, 2013


I looked locally and online for the Milkweeds for our new butterfly garden. These were by far the best priced ones I found. When they arrived, I was amazed by the way they were packaged! They arrived within just a couple of days and were in perfect condition. I will definitely purchase again from you soon.

From Buckley | May 31, 2013

Happy returning customer-Asclepias plants this time!

I returned to GrowJoy because I had such a positive experience last year. I had placed an order in late spring and the plants arrived in great condition despite warmer temperatures, and beautifully packed for shipment. This order exceeded my experience of last year. There was absolutely NO transplant shock. Thank you.

From Cynthia | May 29, 2013

Healthy Strong Asclepias plants

I ordered 12, all arrived in a few days, in very good condition. They all had well developed root systems & were healthy, strong plants. I planted them a few days after I received them, & they are all doing very well. I highly recommend the Tuberosa Asclepias plant! It is an absolute necessity for the butterfly garden! This is one of the only plants the Monarch butterfly can lay her eggs on. I'm very happy with my purchase!

From DeAnna | May 25, 2013

Great website for Asclepias plants

Love this site, my Tuberosa Asclepias plants are delivered quickly and in great condition ! Thank You !

From anonymous | May 24, 2013

Tuberosa Plant

Shipped very carefully. Growing very good. Will continue to order from GrowJoy.

From Robert | May 20, 2013

Great Butterfly Weed!

I've been growing the Tuberosa Asclepias for many years and love it every year it blooms! Make sure you 'mark' the spot where it's growing, so you don't dig it up accidentally until it starts showing new green growth in the Spring.

From Marilyn B. | May 13, 2013

Tubersoa doing good

All the plants arrived in good condition the soil was still moist . When I planted them they survived and are beginning to thrive, I look forward to their brilliant Orange bloom every year.

From Matina | May 11, 2013

quality plants at an affordable price

This is the 3rd time I have ordered with GrowJoy. I ordered 10 Milkweed plants, they arrived a few days later. The plants were all carefully packaged & arrived in very good condition. They were approx 4 inches tall, healthy & strong, with a very well developed root system. I used my accrued reward points for this order & got a substantial discount, 1/2 off the total! I'm on a tight budget, & this helped me out a lot. I have had a very good experience every time I've ordered from this company. I'll be placing more orders in the near future.

From DeAnna | May 04, 2012

very happy w/my purchase

I ordered 8 of the Tuberosa Ascleias plants last year, & they arrived in fantastic condition.I was impressed by the strong, healthy, well developed root system, the container was packed w/roots. They did very well, & bloomed soon after I planted them. They are a great buy for the money. When I realized I was short 1 plant, I called, & got outstanding customer service. My additional plant was shipped right away, at no charge to me.

From DeAnna | February 04, 2012