Tuberosa (Asclepias/Milk Weed)

Latin Name: Asclepias tuberosa

Item #: 605

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(30 in/76 cm) Butterfly Weed/Milkweed. Upturned 3 in/7.5 cm flower clusters in shades of bright orange. Pkt. contains 25 seeds. 

(30 in/76 cm) Butterfly Weed/Milkweed. Upturned 3 in/7.5 cm flower clusters in shades of bright orange. Pkt. contains 25 seeds.

Milkweed is an important nectar source for native bees, wasps and other nectar-seeking insects and most importantly a larval food source for monarch butterflies and numerous beetles and moths.

ASCLEPIAS (Butterfly Weed)

Perennial (30 in/76 cm) 3,500 seeds per oz/28 g

CULTURE: Sow indoors from Dec. - March. Moisten seeds and pre-chill @ 34-40°F/1-4°C for 4 weeks before sowing. Germinate 70-75°F/21-24°C for 28 days. Leave seed exposed to light or press into soil. Grow seedlings @ 65°F/18°C. Space 12 in/30 cm apart. Asclepias like full sun. The rich flower nectar attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, especially Monarchs. Plants tend to dislike transplanting, becoming weak and languid as roots become bound in containers. For ideal performance sow seed into plug trays and transplant only once before the final outdoor planting. The root area is quite fragile so extra care must be used in handling. Plants bloom the first year from June to August. Cut off dead flower heads for extended color up to 4 weeks. In late summer, as flowers fade, plant produces an elongated, tapered 4 in/10 cm seed pod. Suitable for flower arrangements fresh or dried. Asclepias are slow to make their showing in spring. Remember to mark the area where plants grew last year. A routine aphid check is required to ensure healthy plants. Member of the milkweed family. Low maintenance perennial for zones 4-9.


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