Asclepias tuberosa – Butterfly Weed Milkweed
Asclepias tuberosa – Butterfly Weed Milkweed

The Perennial Plant Association is proud to announce Asclepias tuberosa as its 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year™.

Asclepias tuberosa-Butterfly Weed is one of the most well known wildflowers with its clusters of orange flowers. Native to Michigan and widely distributed throughout the United States, Butterfly Weed is a vigorous milkweed variety that produces clusters of flowers that bloom from early summer until frost. It is a nectar favorite for hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies as well as host plant for the Monarch butterfly. Like most Asclepias, this plant is happiest in well-drained soils. It is a great milkweed for a sunny location in a dry area. Mature plants in ideal locations can make as many as 20 stems at an average height of 2’. The vivid orange color, low mounded profile, and ability to attract and sustain butterflies make this plant a well-known favorite for all types of gardens. Butterfly Weed makes an excellent cut flower.

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Asclepias tuberosa Hello Yellow
Asclepias tuberosa – Hello Yellow Milkweed

‘Hello Yellow’ is a cheerful cultivar of Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed) featuring bright yellow flower clusters. Native to Michigan and widely distributed throughout the United States, Butterfly Weed is a vigorous milkweed variety that produces clusters of flowers that bloom from early summer until frost. In addition to being a nectar favorite for butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and other beneficial insects are drawn to this long blooming Milkweed. Like most Asclepias, this plant is happiest in well-drained soils, but it will put up with a lot of hardship, including poor, dry soil and long periods of drought. It needs full sun and plenty of it to reach its peak performance.

Available – May 2017

Grown in 4.5″ square pot.

All of our plants are grown without the use of harmful pesticides and are safe for developing larvae.

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Aster ‘Purple Dome’
Aster Purple Dome

Clear lavender-blue flowers appear in late summer through fall over clean, compact, dark green foliage. Perfect for sunny borders or containers, this beauty looks good all season and displays great mildew resistance! ‘Wood’s Blue’ prefers consistently moist, well-drained soil. Rejoice, me hearties–it’s maritime tolerant.

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Aster ‘Wood’s Blue’
Aster Wood’s Blue

Clear lavender-blue flowers appear in late summer through fall over clean, compact, dark green foliage. Perfect for sunny borders or containers, this beauty looks good all season and displays great mildew resistance! ‘Wood’s Blue’ prefers consistently moist, well-drained soil. Rejoice, me hearties–it’s maritime tolerant.

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Aster ‘Wood’s Pink’
Aster Wood’s Pink

Bright light pink flowers glow over clean, compact, dark green foliage. Blooming in late summer through fall, this stunner is great for sunny borders or containers–it looks good all season. Exhibiting superior mildew resistance, ‘Wood’s Pink’ prefers consistently moist, well-drained soil. Yo-ho!–it’s maritime tolerant.

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Rudbeckia fulgida – Viette’s Little Suzy
Rudbeckia fulgida – Viette’s Little Suzy

Culture

Easily grown in dry to medium, organically rich to average, well-drained soils in full sun. Best bloom occurs in full sun, although plants will tolerate some light shade. Plants prefer consistent moisture throughout the growing season, with some tolerance for drought once established. Good air circulation is appreciated. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage additional bloom. Plants slowly spread in the garden by rhizomes.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Rudbeckia fulgida which occurs in both dry and moist soils in open woods, glades and thickets. An upright, rhizomatous, clump-forming, free-blooming coneflower which typically grows to 3′ tall, often forming colonies in the wild. Features daisy-like flowers (to 2.5″ across) with yellow rays and brownish-purple center disks. Prolific bloom production over a long mid-summer to fall bloom period. Oblong to lanceolate, medium green foliage. Good cut flower.

Genus name honors Olof Rudbeck (1630-1702) Swedish botanist and founder of the Uppsala Botanic Garden in Sweden where Carl Linnaeus was professor of botany.

Specific epithet means shining or glistening.

VIETTE’S LITTLE SUZY is a compact, upright, rhizomatous, clump-forming, free-blooming coneflower which typically grows only 10-15″ tall. Features daisy-like flowers with yellow rays and dark brownish-purple center disks. Prolific flower production over a long mid-summer-to-fall bloom period. Oblong to lanceolate, medium green foliage. Good fresh cut flower.

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems.

Garden Uses

Mass in bold drifts in the perennial border, cottage garden, meadow, native plant garden or naturalized area. Provides excellent bloom and color for the late summer. Good cut flower.

A compact cultivar.

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