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Butterfly weed, Perennial of the Year

Our nursery is a pollinator-friendly place—we have honeybee hives on site (in the back of the nursery away from traffic), a wide variety of nesting birds, and of course, native bees and butterflies galore. Last year we hatched dozens of Monarch butterflies, too. The Perennial Plant Association ( ) has chosen orange butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) as the perennial of the year this year, recognizing the value of this plant in increasing Monarch butterfly populations.

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