Showy Milkweed Seeds
Asclepias speciosa fragrant blooms attract pollinators Tracked Ship – Monarch Host Plant
Showy milkweed prefers mesic soils that drain freely but do not dry out completely in Summer.
Hand collected seed from our pollinator-friendly plants.
Growing 2-4ft high butterfly milkweed tops off with lavender-pink flowers against silver-grey foliage, and attracts a lot of interest in flowers.
Plant in a cottage garden or prairie happy growing amongst grasses.
Milkweeds are nectar-rich wildflowers that attract Monarch butterflies, the leaves of the milkweed are an essential food source for caterpillars.
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.
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.
The following milkweed is some of my personal favorites and beneficial for wildlife as well as plants worthy of space in your garden beds, prairie meadows, and native container.
We hand collect and clean our seeds from our garden freshly collected, dried, and packaged at home.
Sow Showy Milkweed Seeds that have been kept refrigerated for 4 or more weeks to help break seed dormancy
Seed count: 25 Showy Milkweed Seeds try growing other milkweed plants for long-season foliage and flowers for monarch caterpillars.
Easy to grow Showy Milkweed Seeds direct where you would like them to flower, in Fall or Early Spring
1) Sow direct in a prepared weed-free seedbed
2) Cold frame sheltered location in small pots outdoors
3) Under lights indoor grow room
4) Bright windowsill with drip tray and propagator cover
I like to grow in pots this way you can break dormancy, simply by moving the pots around and most seeds germinate in batches, care must be taken when picking out to avoid disturbing emerging seedlings.
Pot young plants on until large enough to plant out, this native plant mix prefers poor soil in full sun.
Full instructions, border design and planting ideas available online by searching igrowhort native-seed-collections.
Native plants maintain balance and provide habitat and eco-systems for resident and migratory wildlife. Due to many years of ecological destruction, development and toxic pollution many native wild flowers, and wildlife are under-threat of extinction.
We all have an important role to play, no matter how small your garden or balcony a few plant pots filled with natives instead of alien ornamentals of genetic hybrids that offer very little to no benefit to feeding insects and birds.
Time to make a small difference on a global scale and encourage our neighbors friends and families to sow a patchwork quilt of native wildflowers like a blanket to protect our sacred planet!
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