Milkweeds are the host plant for the beautiful Monarch butterfly. Queen butterflies will also use this for their larva. Over recent years the Monarch population has been in severe decline. Help welcome them into your butterfly garden with the purchase of theses seeds. Each seed package contains 10 seeds. If you purchase more than one package of seeds from our store, you only pay shipping once :0)
Name: Showy Milkweed (Asclepias Speciosa)
Description: Up to 6ft tall stalks with large, thick green or grey-green leaves. Round clusters of pink or purple flowers.
Ideal Zone: 3a to 9b
Sun: Full sun to light shade.
Soil Conditions: Will tolerate a wide variety of soil conditions.
Water Requirement: Grows best in slightly moist soil, but will tolerate drought, once established.
Growing Instructions: Cold stratification is necessary for proper germination. If planting in Spring, stratify by refrigeration 1-2 months prior to planting. Can be directly sown outdoors during fall/winter in warmer climates. Plant 1-2ft apart, ¼ to ½” below the soil surface. Can be planted directly in the ground or in pots or planters. If using a seed tray, move plants to final location when seedlings reach 2-3” tall to avoid binding roots.
Growing Notes: Under ideal conditions, these plants will produce many seeds and propagate easily. Put a rubber band around seed pods to prevent them from opening if you want the seeds for later use or pinch them off to prevent reseeding altogether. Can grow a long taproot and will spread by underground runners as well as seed.
In the Garden: A host plant for Monarch and Queen butterflies. Native to Western US. Large leaves will support more caterpillars than other milkweed varieties. All types of butterflies and hummingbirds will love the nectar produced by the flowers. The milky sap is a mild irritant, which makes the butterflies distasteful to predators. Can be prone to aphids, but this does not seem to damage the plant.
Seeds arrived as expected.
Jun 22, 2017 by Barb Doherty
Shipped on time. Will plant this fall and hope to see them next spring waiting for the monarch migration!