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Common Milkweed Seeds

A beneficial plant for Monarch butterflies.

Availability: In stock

$2.95
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Details

Common Milkweed produces purple/pink flower clusters. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs exclusively on Milkweed plants, making them the sole food source for their larvae. The plant spreads readily by seed and underground rhizomes, and its taproot can withstand drought. Common Milkweed is one of the easiest and fastest to establish of the Milkweeds and planting more, even in small urban pockets, can provide personal satisfaction while helping to counter increasing threats to our Monarch butterfly population.

Michigan Seeds grown on our farm, Renegade Acres, in Howell, MI!

Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

Additional Info

Botanical Name Asclepias syriaca
Life Cycle Perennial
Min. Time to Germinate 7 Days
Max. Time to Germinate 30 Days
Depth to Sow Seeds 1/4 in.
When to Sow Indoors 6-8 weeks before last spring frost, Outdoors in early spring, a month before the last spring frost
Growing Height 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
Plant Spacing 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
Hardiness USDA Zone 4a: to -25F, USDA Zone 4b: to -20F, USDA Zone 5a: to -15F, USDA Zone 5b: to -10F, USDA Zone 6a: to -5F, USDA Zone 6b: to 0F, USDA Zone 7a: to 5F, USDA Zone 7b: to 10F, USDA Zone 8a: to 15F, USDA Zone 8b: to 20F, USDA Zone 9a: to 25F, USDA Zone 9b: to 30F
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade
Danger Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color Pink, Rose/Mauve
Bloom Time Mid-Summer
Foliage Herbaceous
Other Details Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season, This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Soil pH Requirements 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic), 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Propagation Methods By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets), From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall, From seed; sow indoors before last frost, From seed; stratify if sowing indoors, From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
Seed Collecting Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds, Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
Seeds Per Pack 50