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Milkweed Plants (Asclepias Tuberosa)

Sale price$49.99

Quantity 25 Plants

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Theresa Myers
Such a beautiful color

This vibrant color makes a great addition to my flower bed.

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Vince Gustafson
Milkweed plant

The bare roots were unlike any I have ever ordered before. They looked like little twigs you would pick up in your yard. I am pretty skeptical if any grow. Ask me again in a few weeks.

Milkweed can grow to be 4 feet tall on a thin stem and produce green leaves that may reach 8 inches. It is most fragrant from late June until August. Due to its root structure, which grows beneath the surface so new pods can reach the top, one will spend more time containing the flower.

When stems and leaves are cut, white sap oozes out. Flowers are commonly pink and purple but can vary by species.

Plant them 18 inches apart to avoid overcrowding and look for unwanted weeds to pull. Removing seed pods will also slow their spread. Watering and fertilizing are not necessary. Only water if drought conditions are present. They prefer full sunlight and dry soil. They can even survive in damaged soil.

Milkweed Is Vital For Monarchs

They are a significant food source for Monarch butterflies and other species and host all stages of the monarch's life cycle. It entices people to grow butterfly gardens at home. Caterpillars will cover the flower to use the leaves and then hang their chrysalises, mature, and hatch.

A close observer may see tiny caterpillars hatch from small eggs stuck to the Flowers's stem. To make a butterfly garden, put at least six in a small patch with a nearby water source for the butterflies. The water can be in anything from a bowl to a birdbath. Refrain from using pesticides to avoid killing the butterflies.

Each region in North America has a native species that grows best, yet all will thrive in each environment.

Milkweed Is A Easy To Grow Perennial

This easy-to-grow perennial is ideal for many butterfly gardens. Its size, flowering time, sturdiness, and natural attraction to butterflies appeal to gardeners and butterfly watchers.

This perennial is typically found in Zones 3 to 9. It enjoys full sun but can tolerate shade here and there. It usually appears in bunches of strong green stems that can grow up to 5 feet tall but typically 2 to 4 feet.

Thanks to the sturdy nature of these stems, there is no need to prop them up; they will stand on their own. The leaves are various shades of green, thick and robust. They grow to about 6 to 8 inches long and 2 to 4 inches wide. It is ideal for planting to place these about 18 inches apart.

The Milkweed Requires No Fertilizer

This perennial requires no fertilizers and does well in less-than-perfect soil. Flower pods grow from the top of the type and are usually found in small groups, producing many flowers at once.

The flowers grow to about .75 inches and .4 inches wide. They are generally light to dark pink and have a sweet scent. Seed pods also grow on it.

They are about 4 inches long and shaped like a sphere, with little nubs growing. The pods start green and, as they mature, will turn brown. At this stage, it can be used for flower arrangements.

Once they dry completely, they will split open. Finally, it is an ideal and vital type for Monarch Butterflies. Not only do they eat leaves, but they also form their chrysalis, mature, and hatch on the same leaf.

This perennial is standard across the United States. Its distinctively shaped and colored flowers are highlighted by dark green leaves on tall, stiff stems. The Asclepias family's orange, pink, white, or yellow flowers are a sight. The tall stems mix well with other tall garden flowers.

Their solid colors and decorative flowers make great ornamental cut flowers. The sap of this perennial is white and sticky.

Milkweed attracts native bees, honeybees, and several species of butterflies and hummingbirds. Colorful Monarch butterfly larvae feed on the leaves, each developing into a beautiful chrysalis. Watch them hatch into delicate monarch butterflies.

Milkweed Has Milky Sap When Broken 

These can spread to the ground by rhizomes, which can quickly crowd out others. When one breaks the stem, it will let out a milky-like sap. This perennial would make a lovely addition to any landscape. The seeds will spread by the wind, catching and carrying them off.

It attracts butterflies to your area, and the monarch usually lays their eggs on it. Once the caterpillars come out, they will feed on the leaves—no need to fertilize as they grow in the soil's poorest.

If you want to prevent the seed from spreading, you will want to remove the pods before they open or have seeds growing everywhere.