Asclepias tuberosa Seeds

Butterfly Weed Seeds

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Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed) milkweed has attractive, bright orange flowers in late spring and is a favorite nectar source for bees and butterflies.

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$3.95
per packet
Zones 3 - 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Bloom Time Summer
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Size Packet
SKU HAS9KPK

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Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed) milkweed has attractive, bright orange flowers in late spring and is a favorite nectar source for bees and butterflies. The Monarch butterfly will also use it as a food source for its caterpillars. Requires a hot sunny site with sandy soil for best growth. USDA zones 4-9. Asclepias tuberosa Native Range: AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WI , WV.
SKU HAS9KPK
Common Name Butterfly Weed Seeds
Botanical Name Asclepias tuberosa
Seed Life Cycle Perennials
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Orange
Mature Height Up to 36" tall
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Seed
Seeds Per Pound 68,800
Seeds Per Packet 50
Days to Germination Cold Stratification - 30 days
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Native To North America
Native To Native to most of North America, from Canada to Florida
Native Yes
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Storable Yes- You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Non-GMO Yes
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada Yes

Planting Guides

Step-by-Step Asclepias (Milkweed/Butterfly Weed) Seed Planting Instructions

  1. Asclepias (Milkweed) seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms to protect the seedlings from frost and drought and will germinate after a 30 day stratification period. In fall: Planting after frost will provide necessary cold stratification. In spring: For best results, mix seeds with equal amounts of damp sand and place the mixture in a sealed plastic bag. Store in a refrigerator for 30 days before planting.
  2. Check for your last frost date and plant after this has passed. Choose a spot on your property that gets 6 or more hours of direct sun a day unless you are planting seeds for shade.
  3. Prepare your soil by clearing the area of all existing growth. Simply dig up everything that is growing, turn the soil and rake the area flat. If this is an area that has never before been gardened, you may need to till the area up to remove growth.
  4. Mix the seeds with sand* for better visibility and scatter the seeds directly on top of the soil. If you are sowing a larger area, we recommend using a seed spreader; if not, you can sow by hand.
  5. We recommend lightly compressing the seeds into the soil, making sure not to bury them. You can either walk on them, use a board or if you are sowing a larger area, rent a seed roller.
  6. Water so that the soil is moist, not soaking wet, until the seedlings are about 4-6" tall. After that, the seedlings will survive on natural rains. If you are experiencing very dry weather, we recommend watering occasionally. Be patient: it can take at least 10 days after planting before you'll see signs of growth.
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4.0

These are growing well

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from Boise, Idaho

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors
    • Patio

    Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias tuberosa Seeds:

    These are growing well. They're not ready to pot up yet, but they're doing well.

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    2.0

    Smaller than Wayside

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    from Logan, Utah

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    Pros

    • Not Very Healthy

    Cons

    • Small In Size

    Best Uses

    • Outdoors

    Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias tuberosa Seeds:

    Wayside plants of the same species was a lot larger and healthier than High Country. They are looking very stressed and I'm not sure they will make it.

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    All duds - not one seed geminated!

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    from Chester, NY

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    All duds - not one seed for this package geminated!

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    Q & A

    USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

    To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

    • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
    • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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