Butterfly Weed or Asclepias tuberosa
Butterfly weed is a native perennial that blooms bright orange flowers June to August. It can grow one – two feet tall and wide, likes full sun and can tolerate dry conditions. As a species of milkweed, it is a nectar source for many butterflies and the leaves are a food source for monarch butterfly larvae. You can find butterfly weed growing at the Toledo Zoo in the Broadway Pavilion, Aviary and in the Wild Toledo prairies. To read more about what’s blooming at the Zoo, click here.