Butterfly Milkweed Seeds – Butterfly Weed Seed
Butterfly Milkweed just so happens to be a beautiful flower that has long suffered from an unfortunate name. Often known in old-fashioned circles as “Butterfly Weed”, it is also sometimes referred to by the more marketing-savvy as “Butterfly Flower”. But regardless of the moniker, this beautiful native is cherished by serious wild gardeners.
For best success with this perennial seed, we recommend Fall Planting. For Spring Planting, seeds should be cold stratified prior to sowing.
Name:Butterfly Milkweed Seeds
Botanical Name:Asclepias tuberosa
Light Requirement:Full Sun
Planting Season:Spring, Fall
Plant Type:North American Native, Tuberous-Rooted Herbaceous Perennial, Clusters of Bright Flowers Atop Upright Hairy Stems, Lanceolate Leaf Shape
Features:Heirloom, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Hummingbirds, Container Garden, Cut Flower Garden, Good for Dried Flowers, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant, Poor Soil Tolerant, Drought Tolerant
Blooms:Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall
Days to Maturity:90-120 Days
Plant Height:28 inches
Plant Spacing:15-18 inches
Planting Depth:1/8 inch
Sowing Method:Start Indoors, Direct Sow
Seeds per Packet:200 mg
Seeds per Pound:90, 700
Hardiness Zones:3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
How to Plant Butterfly Milkweed
When to Plant Asclepias Seeds
Plant outdoors after the first frost begins in the fall in order to stratify the seed in time for Spring. To start indoors, seeds must be refrigerated 6-8 weeks before sowing in order to wake the seed from dormancy.
Where to Plant Asclepias Seeds
Asclepias is a hardy plant that is native to the swamps of the U.S., and will easily grow in consistently damp or wet soils that drain well with access to full sun (6-8 hours of sun per day). Despite this, Asclepias will tolerate a wide variety of soil profiles, as long as they aren’t consistently dry or overly sandy. Plant away from areas where pets frequent, as the sap of the Asclepias is toxic when cut.
How to Plant Asclepias Seeds
Plant seeds 1/2-1 inch deep into the soil. When grown indoors, transplant into the garden 18-24 inches apart for best results.
How to Care for Asclepias
Asclepias is a low-maintenance plant that can live for several years if planted in the proper environment and will come back from a strong taproot every Spring. Asclepias will also readily spread itself via seeds in the late fall, but this can be controlled simply by removing all seed pods in the early fall before they release. Asclepias is a popular butterfly attractor, particularly of the Monarch Butterfly; as long as the plant is healthy, it will readily flower throughout the summer. Fertilization is not necessary. Putting mulch around each plant will reduce competition from weeds or other unwanted plants.
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