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Asclepias tuberosa ‘Western Gold Mix’ (Western Gold Butterflyweed) a late spring bloomer with golden-orange flowers that will attract lots of butterflies. It is a host plant for the Monarch butterfly caterpillar. 'Western Gold' originates from western Colorado and is the best form of Orange Butterflyweed for western gardeners with non-sandy, alkaline soils.
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Asclepias (Milkweed) are sun loving plants that are essential perennials for monarch butterflies providing food for caterpillars and nectar for adult butterflies. They bloom from mid-summer into early fall and, with their milky sap, are resistant to rabbits and deer.
Asclepias can be divided into two groups for plant care; Asclepias tuberosa with orange (sometimes yellow) flowers and all the other species with pink (sometimes white) flowers.
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Oftentimes, Milkweeds won't grow much their first season in the ground, so be patient. They are establishing their root system and crown. By the second growing season, the plants will begin to get bigger and look more robust. Asclepias species are an odd bunch and don't behave like many other more familiar perennials. So be patient and accept their quirky nature.
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tough but still have questions
from Prescott AZ
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Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias tuberosa Western Gold Mix:
It disappeared to dead twigs the end of the first season. Surprised this spring when it appeared. Disappointed when something ate it to the ground. Over the summer it has grown back bigger than ever, although a bug infestation stripped a shoot. I have not seen any sign of a bud or blossom so still waiting for the magic to appear. wouldn't give an opinion to buy or not, as mine has seen tough days and hasn't done much other than survive
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Be Very Patient!
from Colorado Springs, CO
I planted this milkweed in May 2016. Upon planting, it appeared to shrivel up and die. It showed no signs of life all summer, nor did it come back this spring (or so I thought). I had forgotten about it, but on June 1 of this year, I noticed a weed growing through a thick layer of bark mulch. After consulting with a much more experienced gardener, it turns out the weed is milkweed! It grew significantly larger overnight. I'm so glad that I didn't plant anything else in its spot. I did literally nothing to it because I thought it was dead, and the growth this year is healthy so far. It has given me an excellent lesson in gardening patience. I hope it blooms this year, but I won't write it off if it doesn't.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Not unless HCG assures a healthier specimen
By old geiser
from Sonoma, Ca.
About Me Avid Gardener
Butterfly weed is a beautiful plant that attracts butterflies but usually takes 2-3 years to bloom.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Struggled last summer, did not come back this year.
By Sherry native lover
from Littleton CO 80127
About Me Master Gardener
I was excited to try this in my wildflower border (alkaline soil). The plants were quite small and didn't lo!ok very strong. They grew a little bit over the summer, but there is no sign of them this year
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
By Gardening Fool
from Bakersfield, VT
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Instructions said to plant seemingly dead plants because they sometimes arrive dormant. Western Gold never recovered. Would love to try it again. Looks like a beautiful plant and the butterflied it would attract!!
So far so good
from Smith Valley, NV
Quite small, but doubled in size the first season. Hoping for flowers next year. Easy and undemanding.
By Loyal Customer since 2012
from New Mexico
Wanted a moderately sized plant to plant near patio for butterfly viewing. Thought the bright yellow orange color of its flowers would contrast nicely with purples and pinks of lavender, salvia greggii "Pink" and blend nicely with Partridge Feather at its feet. However no flowers and plant just is not thriving. Planted in full, hot sun in well drained soil, gravel for mulch. Whats up?TK Rio Rancho, NM
Merchant response: Good Afternoon TK,We apologize that your Asclepias tuberosa Western Gold Mix is struggling! We are not sure what the cause may have been, but please know that we would never want you to pay for something that you did not get a chance to enjoy! We fully guarantee all of our products up to one year from the day the item shipped. We encourage you to give us a call and one of our friendly & knowledgeable representatives would be more than happy to work with you to get the results you paid for! We have also reached out to you via email to discuss options. Should you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to call us at 800.925.9387; we are available Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm EST and also on Saturday 9am to 5pm. Happy Gardening!
Still very small
from Albuquerque, NM
Plant is still only 8 inches high, so I can't comment on the blooms. I'm hoping that it will grow a little faster.
from Cotopaxi, CO
Small plant that did well and grew into an attractive specimen with lots of flowers and came back this Spring with a nice sturdy component of plants.
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.
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