|Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed) Wildflower Seeds Be the first one to write a review|
Origin: US Native Wildflower
Other Common Names: Pleurisy Root, Orange Milkweed
Bloom Time: Summer
Height: 24 in to 36 in
Spacing: 15 in to 18 in
Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry
USDA Zone: 4a-10b
Germination: No pre-treatment needed. Soak seeds in hot water for 36 hours, then sow seeds on soil surface at 70F and water.
Seeds Per Oz: 4200
Butterfly Weed, one of the most striking of native plants, lights up the prairies with its blazing orange flowers. It 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 this plantís 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 soldiersí 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 plantís poison and actually become rather poisonous themselves as protection from predators.
Write a review | No reviews for this product.