Asclepias tuberosa: Butterfly Weed

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Asclepias tuberosa is a species of milkweed native to eastern North America. It is a perennial plant growing to 0.3–1 metre [10 in–3 ft 3 in] tall, with clustered orange or yellow flowers.

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Asclepias tuberosa is commonly known as Butterfly Weed because of the butterflies that are attracted to the plant by its color and its copious production of nectar. It is also the larval food plant of the Queen and Monarch butterflies. Hummingbirds, bees and other insects are also attracted.

Photos: Atlanta, 20120728

Source: Wikipedia

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