Butterfly Milkweed Seeds
Asclepias syriaca fragrant blooms attracts pollinators and the large silvery leaves are ahost plant for Monarch caterpillars, leaves are often gathered and given to the caterpillars to feed from in captivity.
Rose or Common Milkweed is an important host plant for the Monarch butterflies lifecycle, since adult Monarch lay tiny eggs (remaining as eggs for just 3-5 days) on the underside of the large milkweed leaves, where the caterpillars hatch and feed. Monarch caterpillar quickly grow on the leaves of Milkweed, carefully navigating the toxic latex stored in the veins of this leafy plant. The caterpillars grow very quickly and can devor a whole Milkweed plant in just a few days, spending just 7-17 days as a caterpillar.
This early Summer flowering milkweed grows in mesic soils that drain freely but do not completely dry out, an important milkweed that can be aggressive where perfect growing conditions exist.
Our seeds are hand collected, dried and sorted from seed gathered from our wildlife-friendly pollinator plants.
Growing 3-4ft high butterfly milkweed tops off with lavender-pink flowers and attracts a lot of pollinator interest both when in flower, in seed and the large leafy leaves feed and support monarch caterpillars.
Milkweeds are nectar-rich wildflowers that attract native bees and butterflies, plant in a wild-cottage garden or prairie happy growing amongst grasses and marginal native perennials. When you start a pollinator garden it is important to consider both the location and growing conditions, some milkweed will thrive in full sun others prefer shelter from the woodland edge.
Once you have identified the perfect location for your chosen milkweed, next you want to make sure the area retains adequate moisture and is grown well out of the reach of young children. Pet’s should also be kept away from Milkweed as the white milky sap is toxic and must be avoided.
This milkweed is my personal favorites and beneficial for wildlife as well as plants worthy of space in your garden beds, prairie meadows, and container but may need to be kept in check, can spread when happy or be short-lived where conditions are not suitable.
Easy to grow Butterfly Milkweed Seeds for Monarch, provides caterpillars and butterflies with food and habitat for generations to follow.
Sow Butterfly Milkweed Seeds that have been stored in damp folded paper towels, sealed in a Zip-lock bag, and kept cool for 6 weeks to help break seed dormancy. Alternatively, swamp milkweed seeds are easy to grow by sowing seeds direct where you would like them to flower, in Fall and allowing them a natural winter stratification.
SOWING TIPS: Average of 25+ Butterfly Milkweed Seeds per pack multiple quantities and additional milkweed species available.