Butterfly Flower Milkweed Organic Seeds

Butterfly Flower Milkweed Organic Seeds

Asclepias tuberosa

Item #2021

Perennial. We all recognize the iconic Monarch butterfly with its majestic orange and black wings. Unfortunately, the butterfly we all know and love is losing its habitat, specifically milkweed, to modern farming methods and population development. To help the Monarchs, Botanical Interests is supporting the National Wildlife Federation's Butterfly Hero Campaign by donating seed packets to their Butterfly Garden Kit. As home gardeners, we can help to replenish the Monarch habitat by sowing milkweed and other butterfly-friendly varieties in our home, school, and community gardens. Buy some today and wait for the butterflies to arrive! Perennial in USDA zones 3 to 9.

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Butterflies will seek out your garden when you have this vigorous perennial, shrub-like plant; you can observe the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly! Beginning in summer, you will be treated to a profusion of fiery, red-orange flowers followed by decorative green seed pods. Drought tolerant once established. Native to much of the eastern United States. A nice addition to cut flower arrangements. Deer resistant.

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Full sun

Blooms summer

2' - 3' tall

Days to Emerge:
14 - 28 days

Seed Depth:

Seed Spacing:
A group of
3 seeds
every 16" - 24"

When 3" tall,
thin to 1 every 16"-24"

When to sow outside: 2 to 4 weeks before average last frost, and up to 8 weeks before first fall frost.

When to start inside: 6 to 8 weeks before average last frost.

Speacial Germination Instructions: Benefits greatly from stratification (see inside of packet).

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