Butterflyweed - Milkweed
Bloom Time: June July Aug
Bloom Color: Orange
Part Shade to Full Sun
Medium to Dry Soil
Planting depth: 1/4"
Very nice perennial that attracts many pollinators and looks great in the landscape and rain gardens.
*Seeds need to be Stratified for minimum 30 days.
If you live in a colder climate plant in Fall so seeds overwinter in cold weather. If planting in Spring to Summer or mild winters you can stratify seeds in your refrigerator for 30 days before planting. Instructions on how to do this will be included with your purchase.
Butterfly Weed is most often a distinctive bright orange but there is some variation in flower color, from deep red-orange to yellow.
Butterfly Weed needs a drier, well-drained location. In older mature plants the long tap root can extend down a foot or more. Due to the taproot they do not transplant well but are easy to start from seeds. The leaves are somewhat narrow, up to 1” and tapered, with no stem.
Even though this plant does not have the typical milky sap like most milkweeds it still is considered a milkweed and very much attracts Monarch caterpillars.
During the first year I started seeds I found 16 caterpillars on only 5 germinated plants! (see last pic)
Native plant seeds in general do not have very high germination rates. Plant a few seeds per 1 plant desired
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