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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.
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.
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.
Preferred growing conditions:
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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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.
Most Liked Negative Review
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.
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Great plant if you can get the seeds to germinate
By Susan the gardener
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).
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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from mountains of colorado
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
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
from Hopkinsville, KY
About Me Avid Gardener
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.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
from El Dorado, Kansas
Merchant response: We appreciate that you took the time to leave your feedback about the Asclepias syriaca Seeds and apologize that these have not grown successfully. Asclepias varieties can be a bit more challenging to get to germinate than many other seed varieties. If you are on any Asclepias seed variety product page, scroll approximately 1/2 way down the page to view the "Step-by-Step Asclepias (Milkweed) Seed Planting Instructions." These instructions help to explain the process for successfully getting milkweed seeds to germinate and grow. Please know that we do fully guarantee all of our products. As no contact information was provided with your review, please contact us at your convenience and we will be happy to assist you with some resolution options. Happy Gardening!
Wish Milkweed Germinated More Easily
from Sheridan, WY
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!!!!
Merchant response: Thank you for your feedback on the Asclepias Syriaca Seeds. These seeds can be a bit more challenging to grow as they do need to go through a cold stratification period in order to grow successfully. Cold stratification is very important for the germination and growth of Milkweed as it helps break the seeds natural dormancy cycle. We do now offer Rose Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) as a potted perennial plant, in a 5" deep pot! We do understand that there can be many variables in gardening, we are truly committed to our customers satisfaction and we stand behind all of our products with our 100% guarantee. Please contact us at your convenience and we will be more than happy to go over some resolution options with you. Happy Gardening!
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
All duds - not one seed geminated!
By Experienced gardener
from Chester, NY
All duds - not one seed for this package geminated!
Merchant response: Thank you for your feedback regarding the Asclepias Syriaca Seeds. These seeds can be a bit more challenging to grow as they do need to go through a cold stratification period in order to grow successfully. Cold stratification is very important for the germination and growth of Milkweed as it helps break the seeds natural dormancy cycle.As we do understand that there can be many variables in gardening, we are truly committed to our customers satisfaction and we stand behind all of our products with our 100% guarantee. Please contact us at your convenience and we will be more than happy to go over some resolution options with you. Happy Gardening!
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from Littleton, CO
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
About Me Getting Started
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..
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.
Didn't Grow =(
By Windy Wyoming
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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