Butterfly Weed

Butterfly Weed

Asclepias turberosa


Butterfly Milkweed, Chiggar Weeds, Orange Milkweed

ID Characteristics

Life cycle: Perennial
Growth Habit: Clumps
Propagation: Rhizomes, Seeds
Leaf Margin: Entire
Leaf Hairs: Plant is pubescent
Leaf Structure: Large linear to oblong, simple, crowded, lance-shaped, shiny green, smooth above and velvety beneath.  Plant parts contain a milky juice
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Root Type: Woody rootstocks
Flower Color: Orange terminal umbrel


Similar Species

  • Milkweed, Asclepias species that are not as pubescent
  • Starflower, Borago officinalis

Herbicidal Control Options

  • Preemergence: Selective control option not available
  • Post Emergence: Selective control option not available


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