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Native Milkweed Plant Selections

A Win/Win for the Garden
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Native Milkweed Plant Selections

A Win/Win for the Garden
Milkweed plants are an all-around good idea for the garden. These plants are the sole host for monarch larvae to feed on, which means these flowers are guaranteed to bring beautiful butterflies to your garden. The butterfly's milkweed plant diet also makes the insects toxic to predators, which they show off via their brilliant, orange-and-black wings. These three free-flowering milkweed plant varieties are useful in landscaping, too. The two tuberosas have no problem with extremely dry soil. Patches of Asclepias tuberosa have been seen growing out of otherwise barren, rocky soil on the side of highways. The incarnata variety, or Swamp Milkweed plant, tolerates wet soils, hence its name. And as all three are native cultivars, they are easy to grow and drought tolerant. They're ideal to grow alongside perennial grasses, because they will not be overwhelmed by the grass. If you want to show off your gardening skills around the house, the milkweed plant's flowers and the seed pods are long-lasting in fresh and dried arrangements.
  • Zone 4-9
  • Height 18 - 36 inches
  • Bloom Time Mid to late summer
  • Light Requirements Full Sun
  • Ship As NO.1 BAREROOT
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  • Botanical Name:

    Asclepias tuberosa, Asclepias incarnata, Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow'

  • Height: 18 - 36 inches
  • Ship As: NO.1 BAREROOT
  • Spacing: 18 - 36 inches
  • Spread: 18 - 36 inches
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun
  • Color: Mixed
  • Foliage Type: Alternate, lanceolate or oblong, 2-6" long and 1/4 to 1" wide.
  • Bloom Time: Mid to late summer
  • Flower Form: Milkweed-like blossoms. Flowers about 1/4" across in short umbel-like cymes or clusters.
  • Planting Instructions: Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the roots without bending them. Work soil around the roots, firm well and water thoroughly.
  • Soil Requirements: Well drained, dry , infertile sandy soils. Doesn't like wet soils. Cannot compete with surface rooted trees. Incarnata can tolerate moist soil types.
  • Growth Rate: Fast
  • Pruning: Deadheading can prolong blooming time.
  • Winter Care: No winter care needed.
  • Additional Information: Medicinal properties to roots. Leaves and stems are supposed to be poisonous to animals. Slow to emerge in the spring so be careful not to disturb it during early spring clean-up. It will compete successfully with the grasses.
  • Unable to ship to: AE AK GU HI PR
  • Deer Resistant

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