Image courtesy of White Flower Farm

Image courtesy of White Flower Farm

Perennial

Asclepias tuberosa Gay Butterflies

Gay Butterflies Butterfly Weed

  • Orange flowers with yellow centers
  • A favorite of all pollinators
  • Blooms mid-summer to early Autumn
  • Fragrant blooms
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • A host plant for Grey Hairstreak, Monarch and Queen butteflies

Not only is 'Gay Butterflies' spectacular to look at, with its vivid orange flat-topped flowers with red overtones and yellow centers, but is highly nutritional and attractive to beneficial pollinators. Blooms are bountiful clusters on strong upright stems. Drought resistant once established.

Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant
Border or Bed
Border or Bed
Cut Flower/Foliage
Cut Flower/Foliage
Low Maintenance
Low Maintenance
Native
Native
Fragrant
Fragrant
Container
Container
Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun
Partial Sun
Average Water
Average Water
Dry Soil
Dry Soil
Moist, Well-Drained
Moist, Well-Drained

Characteristics and Attributes