Seeds - Milkweed, Gay Butterflies OG

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Description: Beautiful bright orange flowers cover the plant from mid-summer until early fall. Attracts bees, hummingbirds, moths, and butterflies. Blooms reliably from seed the first year if sown early. Plants will reach 2-3' tall in dry sandy soil and in well-drained loams.

Pack Size: 30 seeds

Seed Source: Certified organic

Latin Name: Asclepias tuberosa
Alternative Names: Butterflyweed, Orange Milkweed, Chigger Plant
Main Uses: Butterfly host plant.
Zone Hardiness: Zone 2
Exposure: Full sun
Height: up to 3 ft.
Flower Color: Bright orange
Flowering Time: Mid-summer

Germination:  10 - 14 days. Can germinate with no treatment but benefits from cold-stratification.
Start indoors: Start indoors 8-10 weeks before planting out. Sow seeds just beneath the surface of the soil in pots. Place pots in plastic bags and refrigerate for three weeks. Remove plastic and provide light and 50-75°F thereafter. Do not overwater. Transplant outdoors when a light frost is still possible.
Plant outdoors: 12 - 4" apart.

Growing in Containers: Not suited to containers.

Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in a garden recently amended with compost. Application of Sea Magic kelp supplement is beneficial.

Watering (Garden): Water deeply to establish. Water mature plants weekly during hot weather.

Beneficials Attracted to this Plant: 

  • Attracts bees, hummingbirds, moths, and butterflies. Host plant for Monarch butterflies.

Suitability for Indoors: Not suited for indoors.

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