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Butterfly Milkweed

Butterfly Milkweed

Native plants such as butterfly milkweed offer hardiness advantages and many benefit butterflies, birds and other wildlife.

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Butterfly Weed

Butterfly weed, striking for its pure orange color, occurs in upland fields, prairies, glades, roadsides, wasteland, dry and rocky woods, and edges of woods, often on disturbed soil. It is also a favorite native plant for gardening.

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Butterfly Weed

In case the name doesn’t make it clear, this milkweed is a favorite nectar plant for butterflies, and the leaves are eaten by the caterpillars of monarch butterflies. One of our showiest native wildflowers, butterfly weed is also a favorite of gardeners.

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Butterfly Weed

Asclepias tuberosa
This bright orange milkweed is a favorite nectar plant for butterflies, and the leaves are eaten by the caterpillars of monarch butterflies. One of our showiest native wildflowers, butterfly weed is also a favorite of gardeners.

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Butterfly Weed (Flowers)

The flowers of butterfly weed are massively displayed in terminal umbels (umbrella-like clusters with stalks all arising from the tip of the stem). They can be many shades of orange to brick-red, and occasionally yellow. A close look at the individual flowers shows they have the same unique structure as other milkweeds.

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Climbing Milkweed

The brown, starlike, spreading flowers of climbing milkweed differ from those of other milkweeds. The leaves are opposite, broadly ovate and heart-shaped, to 6 inches long. The fruit is a narrow pod, to 4 inches long, covered with slender, warty projections.

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Climbing Milkweed

Matelea decipiens
The brown, starlike, spreading flowers of climbing milkweed differ from those of other milkweeds, but milky sap, warty pods with silk-tasseled seeds, and the structures in the center of the flowers show its true alliance.

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Common Milkweed

Asclepias syriaca
A wildflower common statewide, found in a variety of habitats, common milkweed is famous as a food plant for monarch butterflies. It is also notable for its curious seedpods bearing seeds that fly on silky parachutes.

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Common Milkweed

A wildflower common statewide, found in a variety of habitats, common milkweed is famous as a food plant for monarch butterflies. It is also notable for its curious seedpods bearing seeds that fly on silky parachutes.

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Manage your Missouri property to help this endangered plant.

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