Why you should plant butterfly weed, plus more tips from Master Gardeners

March 7, 2017
butterfly weed

Butterfly weed or Asclepias tuberosa. Photo courtesy John Ruter, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org

Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a butterfly magnet. It’s a native plant and doesn’t get serious diseases. Not only that, deer usually avoid it.

The only negative thing about the plant is that it has “weed” in its name, according to an article in this month’s issue of WNY Gardening Matters, produced by the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County.

See that article about butterfly weed here.

You can also read about:

A disease affecting spinach plants. You’re asked to inspect your spinach plants and if you suspect symptoms of downy mildew, please contact your local Cooperative Extension office. See more here.

This Month in the Garden. Get information on starting seeds, pruning, trellises and more. Read more here. Also see ideas for trellises in a previous article here on Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com.












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3 Responses to Why you should plant butterfly weed, plus more tips from Master Gardeners

  1. Terry Wojteczek on March 8, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Very helpful info. thanks!
    What can I do now or in the future to prevent Creeping charlie from overtaking my grass again?

  2. Connie on March 8, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    I have a problem with creeping Charlie, too. The Master Gardeners do an article every month about a pest or weed or disease, and I suggested they tackle creeping Charlie in a future issue. If you can’t wait, contact the Cooperative Extension in your county. I hope that helps.

  3. Donna on March 8, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Yes, a great plant.

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