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Butterfly Weed

I have several butterfly weed bushes in my garden. I planted them in late spring 2003. They stand about 5 feet tall. The catapillers have eaten most of the leaves off them. So my question is how do I care for them over the winter months. This is our first cold front coming through. Do I need to cut them back?Or should I just leave them alone since they are wild flowers. Thank you for any tips that may help me. Martina

Backyard Expert - Cathy Nordstrum

Dear Martina,Your Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) plants will go dormant with the first hard freeze. They dry up, fall over, and disappear. I suggest that you put some kind of marker down so you remember where they are for next year. Everyone should have at least one Butterfly Weed in their garden for the Monarchs! Good for you!

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