Thursday, December 2, 2010

Green Roof Plant Extraordinaire! Butterflyweed, Orange Milkweed - Aclepias Tuberosa

Asclepias tuberosa, Butterfly weed - Florida Green Roof Plant
Green roofs benefit greatly from the color, food resource, pollen supply and longevity of Butterflyweed, Asclepias tuberosa.

On a personal level, Butterflyweed is special, being one of the very first plants catching my eye to work with and my daughter Dana's eye with her colored pencils.

Adapted to tolerate long periods of drought and frequently seen growing along desolate roadside stretches, Asclepias tuberosa provides essential food for many butterfly larvae, especially the amazing Monarch butterfly.

The plant tends to become dormant in cold seasons, disappearing until spring reemerges.

Butterflyweed likes full sun and does best in southern exposures.

Consider adding Asclepias tuberosa to your Green Roof planting schedule.

As always, email us with your questions and comments here.

Happy Green Roofing!


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