Asclepias syriaca Seeds

Common Milkweed Seeds

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This gorgeous plant produces purple/pink flower clusters that wildflower gardeners love and spreads quickly. Common Milkweed is one of the Monarch Butterflies’ favorite plants and will bring many winged friends to your garden or meadow. Perennial.

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Zones 3 - 8
Light Requirements
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Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Bloom Time Summer
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SKU HAS8HPK

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Milkweed is a handsome, straight plant you see in every farm field and growing wherever a roadside hasn't been mowed. Leaves are glossy and thick, and the blooms are large, rounded clusters of purplish/pink flowers atop plants that range from 2 to 5 ft. It's native in the US from Canada to Georgia, and west to Texas.

The botanical name, "Asclepias" is after Aesclepios, the Greek God of medicine, since this plant has been used as a medicinal since ancient times. "Milkweed" derives from the fact that when you break a stem, sticky white sap immediately appears. Common Milkweed is one of our commonest "weeds," but one almost all wildflower gardeners want.

This is the plant famous for its "silky seeds" in fall, when you see the drying cone-shaped seedpods crack open and their snow-white shiny fluff flying around the meadow. This is the dispersal mechanism for the large shiny seeds of common milkweed. Every kid loves to blow them away in fall, like dandelion seeds in spring.

Even though farmers hate milkweed, you'll love it in your wildflower garden...for two reasons. It's beautiful and dependably perennial, and it's the No. 1 plant visited by Monarch butterflies on their famous migration south every summer and fall. In fact, during late summer, it's somewhat rare to see a milkweed plant without a monarch perched upon the flowers, making it the No. 1 butterfly magnet among our wildflowers. ("Butterfly Weed" is a close relative, with bright orange flowers.) Asclepias syriaca Native Range: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV.

SKU HAS8HPK
Common Name Common Milkweed Seeds
Botanical Name Asclepias syriaca
Seed Life Cycle Perennials
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 18-32 Inches tall
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Seed
Seeds Per Pound 64,000
Seeds Per Packet 45
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil
Native To Native to most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains.
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) 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.
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2.4

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

I hope everyone plants milkweed to help save the monarchs.

I am excited to try these seeds because it's impossible to buy this variety of milkweed/asclepias as a plant. I do wish the seeds had come with more specific instructions such as these...Read complete review

I am excited to try these seeds because it's impossible to buy this variety of milkweed/asclepias as a plant. I do wish the seeds had come with more specific instructions such as these seeds need stratification.

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Had no luck

Tried planting in 4 or 5 locations around my grass garden. I found only a couple of seeds that germinated. None grew to maturity. Probably my own problem in taking proper care.

Tried planting in 4 or 5 locations around my grass garden. I found only a couple of seeds that germinated. None grew to maturity. Probably my own problem in taking proper care.

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3.0

Great plant if you can get the seeds to germinate

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from Centennial, CO

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias syriaca Seeds:

    I did not have great luck starting these from seed. I probably should try directly in the garden (outside).

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    1.0

    don't buy

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    from mountains of colorado

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias syriaca Seeds:

    I have a yard full of every native flower I have tried, including 25 varieties of Columbine and every butterfly attracting plant except the Milkweed seeds. I have milkweed plants which I bought which are thriving from local source

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    5.0

    great success

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    from Hopkinsville, KY

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias syriaca Seeds:

      i had always wanted to grow milkweed, to my surprise this plant grew quickly into a strong healthy plant that attracted monarchs this season, I was able to watch a whole new generation of butterflys develope right in my garden. Cant wait for next year.

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      2.0

      Had no luck

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      from El Dorado, Kansas

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias syriaca Seeds:

      Tried planting in 4 or 5 locations around my grass garden. I found only a couple of seeds that germinated. None grew to maturity. Probably my own problem in taking proper care.

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      2.0

      Wish Milkweed Germinated More Easily

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      from Sheridan, WY

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias syriaca Seeds:

      For the second year, I still had an awful time getting these to germinate. The few that did germinate in the little containers in a protected spot never took off when I transplanted them into the garden.I'll try one more year and am planning to use big grow-cups so they can grow a lot in the protected area before going outside. Sure wish you sold plants!!!!

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      1.0

      All duds - not one seed geminated!

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      from Chester, NY

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias syriaca Seeds:

          All duds - not one seed for this package geminated!

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          5.0

          I hope everyone plants milkweed to help save the monarchs.

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          from Littleton, CO

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias syriaca Seeds:

          I am excited to try these seeds because it's impossible to buy this variety of milkweed/asclepias as a plant. I do wish the seeds had come with more specific instructions such as these seeds need stratification.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          No Luck

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          from Sheridan, WY

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias syriaca Seeds:

            I've gardened for years, mainly growing trees & shrubs to turn my place into a backyard wildlife habitat. I don't plant a lot of seed so guess the "Getting Started" category would work for this. None of the first package of seeds sprouted, we figured due to unusual monsoon rains. They cheerfully sent another package and I planted them under my drip hose, lightly mulched, but not a single one grew. This year I'm going to try planting them in little pots where I can really watch them..

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            2.0

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            from Sheridan, WY

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Asclepias syriaca Seeds:

              None germinated the first time, but I blamed wild monsoon rains. They cheerfully sent another packed but none of it germinated either. This year I'm going to try planting in pots rather than in the ground.

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              1.0

              Didn't Grow =(

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              I planted the seeds according to the instructions but they never took so unfortunately I can't say how they worked.

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