Monticello Favorite: Butterfly Weed

A Colorful & Lively Addition to a Summer Garden!


The Shop at Monticello’s featured plant, Asclepias tuberosa, commonly known as Butterfly Weed, is currently in full bloom in the beautiful gardens at Monticello. Don’t let the name fool you! This plant’s vibrant orange and red coloring, as well its attraction to Monarch Butterflies and other pollinators, add a splash of color and life to any garden.

This lively plant requires very little maintenance. Locals can attest to the unpredictable nature of Virginia’s climate, and the difficulty of finding plants that can survive such varying conditions. Butterfly Weed is deer resistant and drought tolerant, which makes it a perfect addition to a summer garden. It has a long-lasting summer bloom and serves as a great cut flower. The rich orange and red flowers can be enjoyed outdoors and indoors during even the hottest months of the year.

Butterfly Weed is historic by nature, not only because of its Virginia roots, but thanks to its direct connection to Jefferson. Jefferson cites this native wildflower, under the name Pleurisy Root in Notes on the State of Virginia.


Interested in starting a summer garden or adding the finishing touches to an existing garden? Butterfly Weed should be planted in a sunny and well drained area, and pairs well with Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides), Yellow Coneflower (Echinacea paradoxa), Long-leaved Speedwell (Veronica longifolia), and Anise-scented Goldenrod (Solidago odorata).

Butterfly Weed is a great plant to add life, vibrancy, and bit of history to any garden! This plant is available to purchase at The Shop at Monticello in the Garden Center. The 6” flower pot costs $7.95.

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