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Butterfly Weed


Butterfly Weed
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Copyright: Paul Braynard (pbraynard) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 0 N: 96] (891)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-05
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-16 4:09
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Butterfly Weed
Asclepias tuberosa (Asclepiadaceae family)
Here in Western North Carolina this wild herbaceous perennial is often observed first blooming on the roadside in late may through June. I transplanted some of this and was surprised to see it still blooming in August. Butterfly weed is a type of milkweed, a group of plants with milky sap that is poisonous to most insects. Iíve found the flower is attractive to butterflies such as the Gulf Fritillary. When transplanting mine, I noticed a type of tuber root. Iíve read that care should be taken when transplanting as they have a deep taproot. Butterfly weed prefers full sun and well-drained soil. I understand it is easy to grow this plant from seed. For best results it should be planted in late August. The seed requires a cool damp period for best results. Apparently cold weather enhances the bloom. Seed planted in the spring will not bloom until the following year.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Paul

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Hallo Paul
The Butterfly Weed is a lovely flower and I can only but imagine what a bush like the one in your image would look like in real life. The reddish colour of the petals, together with the yellow anthers makes this a striking image which glows with warmth and splendour. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.
Anna

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