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Re: OT: Butterfly Attractors

From: "Jeff and Carolyn Walters" <cwalters@digitalpla.net>

> From: dkramb@tso.cin.ix.net (Dennis Kramb)
> I saw on a gardening show that they have a "red" version of it (I thought
> it was more purple than red, but oh well).  Is this for real?  I thought
> that asclepias tuberosa only came in orange.  I thought perhaps this was
> another form of asclepias that the garden show mis-represented as
> Any ideas?


There has been a multicolored strain of Butterfly Weed on the market since
at least the early 1980's under the name "Gay Butterflies" that includes
red and yellow flowers as well as the original orange. I am not certain
whether these are a selection of naturally occurring variants of Asclepias
tuberosa as Mark Cook suggested, or a hybrid strain, as stated in some seed

Jeff Walters in northern Utah  (USDA Zone 4, Sunset Zone 2)

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