Trillium Ridge Flora and Fauna
Butterfly weed
Asclepias tuberosa
Location: Front meadow
An extremely hardy, long-lived perennial native to North America. The magnificent bright orange flowers are concentrated in compact clusters at the top of branching stems. The flowers produce a large quantity of nectar which attracts butterflies throughout the growing season.
Genus: Asclepias (milkweeds)
Family: Apocynaceae (dogbane)
Order: Gentianales (gentianales)
Class: Magnoliopsida (Dicots)
Phylum/Division: Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)
Kingdom: Plantae (Plants)