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Asclepias tuberosa Orange Butterfly Weed Seeds Milkweed

Pkt 45 Seeds

Product Description

Butterfly garden extraordinaire! Roll out the welcome mat for the butterflies and pollinators with the long lasting dazzling orange flowers of Orange Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa. Such an important nectar source and larval host plant for the Monarchs these gorgeous native plants are becoming much beloved and welcomed into many gardens. Plant as large a patch as possible to help the butterflies to find them and to be sure to have enough caterpillar food. Nice fresh green leaves and upright perky habit make this drought tolerant US native an excellent low water garden choice that will add pizzazz to the silvery grays that are typically of low water gardens. Wildlife gardens and prairie meadow plantings are utilized by many beneficial insects and birds. A bright and cheerful long lasting cut flower and cottage garden charmer. Adapts well to regular garden conditions if drainage is provided. Taprooted so use plantable pots or trays with individual cells if not direct sowing to reduce root disturbance. Plant out when small before pot bound as the tap root will grow down quickly and often plants will not recover or grow well if held in too small of a pot very long. Produces interesting seed pods that can be dried and birds use the silky seeds for nesting material. Self-sows.

Pkt: 45 Seeds 

Botanic Name: Asclepias tuberosa

Common Name: Butterfly Weed or Milkweed

Type: Perennial Z4-9   FYF: First Year Flowering  

Color: Orange

Height: 20-28”     Spread: 12-24”

Light: Full Sun    

Water: Low to Moderate

Soil: Wide Range, best well-drained, ok with poor dry conditions 

Flowering: Late Spring - Fall

Germination: 10-30+ Days can be slow and erratic, Prechilling 4+ weeks can greatly improve germination, place seed in a baggie with damp sand or seed starting mix or put between a damp coffee filter or paper towel, then 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 in warmth 

Sow Indoors: Damp prechill can improve germination, surface sow press on to damp seed starting mix, sprinkle lightly with mix & grit/sand/vermiculite, keep moist not soggy, 65-75F, plantable pots or individual cell trays reduce root disturbance, tap-rooted plants do not like to be transplanted so plant out while young (do not let get pot bound) into final place where they are to flower

Sow Outdoors: Surface 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, sprinkle lightly with soil and grit/sand, keep moist not too wet, spouts as the weather warms up 

US Native: Yes

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

Forest Service: http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/plant-of-the-week/asclepias_tuberosa.shtml





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