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Asclepias speciosa Showy Milkweed Seeds

Pkt 50 Seeds

Product Description

Beautiful fragrant unique flowers and beautiful soft fuzzy gray foliage attract lots of beautiful butterflies! An important nectar source and larval host plant for the Monarch. Remember to plant as large a patch as possible not just one plant as this helps the butterflies to find them and provides enough caterpillar food. A striking drought tolerant US native that is an excellent low water garden choice and perfect selection for a wildlife garden, prairie meadow planting or naturalistic setting that will be utilized by many beneficial insects and birds. Adapts well to regular garden conditions if drainage is provided. Tap-rooted so use plantable pots if not direct sowing to reduce root disturbance and plant out where it is to stay as it will likely die if transplanting is attempted. Produces interesting seed pods that can be dried and birds use the silky part of the seeds for nesting material. Self-sows.

Pkt: 50 Seeds  

Botanic Name: Asclepias speciosa

Common Name: Showy Milkweed

Type: Perennial  Z4-9   FYF: First Year Flowering  

Color: Creamy White to Pink *Variable

Height: 24-48”     Spread: 12-24”

Light: Full Sun    

Water: Low to Moderate

Soil: Wide Range if well-drained, Good with poor dry conditions

Flowering: Summer - Fall

Germination: 21-60+ Days can be slow or erratic, Prechilling 4+ weeks can greatly improve germination, place seed in a baggie mixed with damp sand or put between a damp coffee filter or papertowel, refrigerate, Don't let dry out, watch for sprouts and remove onto seed starting mix located in bright, warm conditions, after 30-60 days prechilling sow indoors or out depending on time of the year

Sow Indoors: 1/8" deep, keep moist not soggy, 60-70F prechilling can improve germination, plantable pots reduce root disturbance, tap-rooted plants do not like to be transplanted

Sow Outdoors: Sow in pots or direct in raked weed-free damp soil early spring or late fall so they have a couple months of cold night temps for natural prechilling. Sprouts as the weather warms up 

US Native: Yes

More info USDA Plant Guide: http://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/cs_assp.pdf

USDA Plant Fact Sheet: http://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_assp.pdf






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