Milkweed, Common (Asclepias syriaca) - 50 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 2-8
The Common Milkweed is the plant that most people associate with the word “milkweed”. This is a tall and conspicuous species that sometimes forms large clones. The umbels bear large balls of pink to purplish flowers that have an attractive odor. This familiar wildflower is a significant source of food for monarch caterpillars and butterflies and is used for butterfly gardens and waystations. Plant some today to help counter the increasing threats to the Monarch butterfly. Monarchs lay their eggs exclusively on plants in the Asclepias genus, otherwise known as milkweeds. You're sure to see Monarchs when you plant milkweeds.
In late fall, direct sow just below the surface. Germination will take place in the spring after the last frost. When the seedlings appear, thin to the strongest plant. Seedlings usually don't survive transplanting as they resent any disturbance of their roots. For spring planting, mix the seeds with moist sand and refrigerate for 30 days before direct sowing.