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Perennial. Hardy native North American Milkweed, absolutely essential to the survival of Monarch butterflies. Showy orange flowers. Handle with caution. Buy Butterfly Weed Seeds. Flowers attract swarms of butterflies, are superb cut flowers. Blooms an important source of nectar for many butterflies. Best Monarch butterfly plants. Enjoy a full field of flowers with butterfly weed seeds at Everwilde Farms! Our butterfly milkweed seeds can be planted in open fields or along roadsides.

Butterfly Weed Milkweed

Perennial. The hardy native milkweed is essential to the survival of Monarch butterflies. Mature butterflies feed on the nectar produced in the flowers, while the foliage provides food for their larvae. The brilliant orange and yellow flowers are showy in massed plantings, but fascinating up close, with their intricate detail. The three-foot plant is native throughout the eastern and southern regions of the country, usually preferring drier sites, and should be hardy except at very high elevations. Very durable and long-lived once established, and may gently increase on its own in favorable locations. CAUTION: The milky sap is poisonous if ingested in large quantities, and contact with the skin may cause dermatitis in sensitive individuals.

    • 6-12 hours of Sun
    • Sprouts in 14-21 Days
    • Ideal Temperature: 65-70 Degrees F
    • Seed Depth: 1/4-1/2″
    • Plant Spacing: 12-24″
    • Frost Hardy: Yes
    • Asclepias tuberosa

    Growing Tips: Can be started indoors 6-8 weeks ahead of last frost, or direct sown outdoors. ATTENTION: The milky sap is poisonous if ingested in large quantities; contact with the skin may cause dermatitis in sensitive individuals.

    Butterfly Weed Seeds

    Plant Butterfly Weed Seeds: Full sun. Asclepias incarnata (Milkmaid and Soulmate) thrive in moist, even wet soils, will adapt to average garden water. Asclepias tuberosa (Orange and Gay Butterflies) tolerate heat and drought, need only occasional water once established, will happily accept average moisture with good drainage.

    Grow Butterfly Weed: All of our perennial butterfly weeds attract bees and hummingbirds, are important nectar sources for a wide range of butterflies, most notably the Monarch. To promote Monarch butterfly caterpillars, Asclepias incarnata is the host most preferred. Plants are deer and rabbit resistant. Learn more about monarch butterflies and butterfly weed.

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    Butterfly Weed Seeds

    Sowing: In late fall, direct sow butterfly milkweed seeds just below the surface. Germination will take place in the spring, after the last frost. When the seedlings appear, thin to the strongest plant; seedlings usually do not survive transplanting, since they resent any disturbance of their roots. For spring planting, mix the seeds with moist sand and refrigerate for 30 days before direct sowing.

    Growing: Young butterfly milkweed plants should be watered until they become established; mature plants can tolerate drought, and the roots will be damaged by excessively wet soil. This plant grows slowly, and it may take 2-3 years to produce flowers. Though not invasive, this plant will eventually spread if left to drop its seed. The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Deer avoid this plant. If aphids become a problem, dislodge them from the plant with a strong stream of water.

    Harvesting: This makes a striking cut flower. Because the stems contain no milky sap, these flowers tend to have a longer vase life than most milkweed varieties. Cut the stems long, choosing flowers that have just opened.

    Seed Saving: After the plant finishes flowering, 3-4″ narrow pods will form. Be sure to harvest butterfly milkweed pods before they split and the silky fluff carries the seeds away on the wind. As soon as the seeds inside the pod ripen to their mature brown color, remove the pods and spread them out to dry. Split open the pods and take out the silky seed material. Remove the fluff from the seeds. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place.

    FAST FACTS

    Common Names: Pleurisy Root, Orange Milkweed

    Latin Name: Asclepias tuberosa

    Species Origin: US Native Wildflower

    Type: Native Wildflowers

    Life Cycle: Perennial

    USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

    US Regions: Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

    Seeds per Ounce: 4,200

    Stratification: Cold/Wet for 4 Weeks

    Germination Ease: Stratify 4 Weeks

    Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun

    Height: 24 Inches

    Color: Orange

    Bloom Season: Blooms Early Summer, Blooms Late Summer

    Uses: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Honeybees, Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant

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    Every year or two I get a packet of Milkweed seeds from Everwilde to supplement my stand of Milkweed. Their seeds are productive and true to their labeling of Asclepius tuberosa. Easy growth. Plenty of pollinators. Good value.

    Good first year growth

    I planted these late spring, and still got some good growth. At the end of summer, they’re starting to look pretty hardy. I even got a couple blooms, which is uncommon for first-year butterfly weed. I even found a couple monarch caterpillars hanging around!

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    Love the packaging. I won’t plant these until late-fall/early-winter and then won’t know until next year.

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    These butterfly weed seeds germinate like crazy! Even tough they require a cold stratification period, I did an experiment to see if they would germinate without it. They started to sprout in 24 hours! They are in small pots now growing steadily.

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    Haven’t sown the seeds yet.

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    Received order in three days. Germination rate of A tuberosa seeds is exceptional even without stratification. Everwilde is my go-to source for these seeds.

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    I am very pleased with the seeds that I got from Everwilde Farms. I haven’t had much success growing plants from seeds. However the seeds I got from Everwilde have sprouted and are growing into plants. These plants will make a beautiful addition to my Butterfly garden. I will continue to purchase seeds from Everwilde Farms.

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    As I type, I’m stratifying these seeds in the fridge.. Also purchased the “showy” variety, looking forward to the colors!

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    Seeds arrived well packaged.Should be high germination rate. Super pleased.

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    Thanks for the prompt shipment! Seeds are planted and I can’t wait for the plants to mature!

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    Thank you Everwilde I am so pleased with your products and services. I have been using your farms for a few years and recommend you to all my friends. Fast service, great varieties, excellent seed packets and very good results when planted!!

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    Fast shipping. The plants have not sprouted yet but it is not the season.

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    Planting now (Nov.) so they can stratify for next year. Looking forward to a nice treat next year or later.

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    I received my seed very quickly and the packets came with detailed instructions/resources on how to start your seedling, milkweed being a little different than most.

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    One of the most striking of native plants, Butterfly Weed lights up the prairies with its blazing orange flowers. Monarch Butterflies thrive on this plant, so it is a must for any butterfly garden on sandy soil. Butterfly milkweed seed thrives in rocky or sandy soil, typically in open fields or along roadsides.

    Butterfly Weed, one of the most striking of native plants, lights up the prairies with its blazing orange flowers. Butterfly milkweed seed thrives in rocky or sandy soil, typically in open fields or along roadsides. One of its common names, pleurisy root, refers to an old remedy for lung ailments that contained this plant. At one time, the silk from Butterfly Weed seed pods was spun for fabric or used for stuffing pillows; in World War II, school children gathered the silk to provide a cheap filling for soldiers’ life jackets. Commercial attempts to make use of this abundant plant included the manufacture of paper, fabric, lubricant, fuel, and rubber; eventually these became impractical and were abandoned. Though this plant is toxic to most animals, butterflies are immune to the plant’s poison and actually become rather poisonous themselves as protection from predators.

    HOW TO GROW

    Sowing: In late fall, direct sow butterfly milkweed seeds just below the surface. Germination will take place in the spring, after the last frost. When the seedlings appear, thin to the strongest plant; seedlings usually do not survive transplanting, since they resent any disturbance of their roots. For spring planting, mix the seeds with moist sand and refrigerate for 30 days before direct sowing.

    Growing: Young butterfly milkweed plants should be watered until they become established; mature plants can tolerate drought, and the roots will be damaged by excessively wet soil. This plant grows slowly, and it may take 2-3 years to produce flowers. Though not invasive, this plant will eventually spread if left to drop its seed. The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Deer avoid this plant. If aphids become a problem, dislodge them from the plant with a strong stream of water.

    Harvesting: This makes a striking cut flower. Because the stems contain no milky sap, these flowers tend to have a longer vase life than most milkweed varieties. Cut the stems long, choosing flowers that have just opened.

    Seed Saving: After the plant finishes flowering, 3-4″ narrow pods will form. Be sure to harvest butterfly milkweed pods before they split and the silky fluff carries the seeds away on the wind. As soon as the seeds inside the pod ripen to their mature brown color, remove the pods and spread them out to dry. Split open the pods and take out the silky seed material. Remove the fluff from the seeds. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place.

    FAST FACTS

    Common Names: Pleurisy Root, Orange Milkweed

    Latin Name: Asclepias tuberosa

    Species Origin: US Native Wildflower

    Type: Native Wildflowers

    Life Cycle: Perennial

    USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

    US Regions: Arid/Desert, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

    Seeds per Ounce: 4,200

    Stratification: Cold/Wet for 4 Weeks

    Germination Ease: Stratify 4 Weeks

    Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun

    Height: 24 Inches

    Color: Orange

    Bloom Season: Blooms Early Summer, Blooms Late Summer

    Uses: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Honeybees, Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant

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