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Regional Picks: The Experts’ Top Ten Plants – Northeast

Fine Gardening - Issue 143



No. 1

Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9

Size: 3 feet tall and 1 foot wide

Conditions: Full sun; fertile, well-drained soil

The monarch butterflies and I can’t live without this North America native. I love how it adds zing to otherwise blasé borders with its luminous orange flower clusters.



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