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Orange Milkweed

Orange Milkweed

Common Name:
Orange Milkweed
Southeastern USA
  • Bees
  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds
Plant Type:
  • Perennial
Asclepias tuberosa

The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones.

USDA Hardiness Zones

5a  (−20 °F to −15 °F)

5b (−15 °F to −10 °F)

6a (−10 °F to −5 °F)

6b (−5 °F to 0 °F)

7a (0 °F to 5 °F)

7b (5 °F to 10 °F)

8a (10 °F to 15 °F)

8b (15 °F to 20 °F)

9a (20 °F to 25 °F)

9b (25 °F to 30 °F)

Endangered Status
  • Extinct in Wild (EW)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Not Evaluated (NE)

Butterfly weed is a native herbaceous perennial. It grows to a height of 1 to 3 feet tall. It likes to be planted in a dry to medium moisture soils.  Butterfly weeds are drought tolerant and like lots of sun.  

Fun Facts:
  • Milkweed is the only plant that Monarch caterpillars eat. In 1985 the butterfly milkweed was selected as the annual NC wildflower of the year. Milky sap can cause skin dermatitis so wear gloves when pruning this plant
Orange Milkweed with a Monarch Butterfly