Growing Butterfly Weed Asclepias Flower Garden Seeds
- Taxonomy: Asclepias tuberosa
- Other Names: Milkweed, Orange Milkweed, Indian Paintbrush, Pleurisy Root, Fluxroot, Windroot, Chieger Flower
- Seed Type: Perennial
- Sow Indoors or Outdoors: Butterfly Weed Asclepias is a full sun performer whose seeds are most commonly sown directly outdoors after the frost. Plants are perennials and usually require 2 – 3 years to establish before flowering, so there is no need to start seeds early. Asclepias seeds are known to take as long as 28 – 42 days to germinate with full lighting and, once seedlings are transplanted, do not re-pot or disturb.
- Days to Plant Maturity: 91 – 98 days
- Hardiness Zone: 4 – 9
- Seed Planting Depth: Plant 3 – 4 seeds ¼” deep
- Plant Spacing: 12 – 24”
- Growth Habit: 12 – 36” tall weedy upright with a 12 – 24” spread of thick and well-branched bushels of tiny blooms
- Soil Preference: Average, medium dry, well-drained
- Light Preference: Full sun
- Diseases/Pests/Troubleshooting: Butterfly Weed Asclepias seeds have a wildflower-like hardiness and require dry soils with minimal watering. Plants are susceptible to crown rot, rust, and powdery mildew in overly saturated and poorly drained soils. Do not disturb or re-pot once established. Asclepias has no serious pests or diseases.
- Flower Colors: Bright golden orange blooming bushels and wildflower greens
Asclepias tuberosa, or commonly known as Milkweed, Indian Paintbrush, and Butterfly Weed, is a timeless flower native to the eastern United States. Asclepias tuberosa earns the name Butterfly Weed because of its potent and nectar-rich blooms which specifically are the food of choice by monarch butterflies in their larval/caterpillar stage, as well as fully matured butterflies.
Butterfly Weed Asclepias Flower Garden Seeds. Perennial. Open pollinated.
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