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Wildflowers of Texas, Plant Resources Center, University of Texas at Austin

Butterflyweed   Asclepias tuberosa    
Milkweed family — Asclepiadaceae

Also known as:
Orange Milkweed, Butterfly Milkweed, Chiggerflower, Chiggerweed, Pleurisy-root

Slides: (click for larger view)


The brilliant orange flowers of butterfly-weed attract many species of butterflies, including monarchs, the larvae of which also feed on the leaves. It is an erect plant to three feet tall that prefers sandy open areas, mostly in the eastern half of the state. It is poisonous to livestock.

Dried Specimens: (click for larger view)


Flowering Months: April, May, June, July, August, September

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