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Common Milkweed Seeds

Asclepias syriaca

5.00 (5 reviews)
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HOW TO GROW

Sowing: In late fall, direct sow 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: Though this plant can tolerate some dryness, occasional watering may be necessary. The flowers attract bees and butterflies, especially monarch butterflies. Deer avoid this plant. This plant will reseed itself and often spreads extensively in the wild.

Harvesting: This makes a striking cut flower. Cut the stems long, choosing flowers that have just opened. Keep in mind that the milky sap is mildly toxic and can irritate the skin.

Seed Saving: After the plant finishes flowering, 3-4" narrow pods will form. Be sure to harvest the 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

Latin Name: Asclepias syriaca

Species Origin: US Native Wildflower

Type: Native Wildflowers

Life Cycle: Perennial

USDA Zones: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

US Regions: Mountain, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 4,900

Stratification: Cold/Wet for 4 Weeks

Germination Ease: Stratify 4 Weeks

Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun

Height: 36 Inches

Color: Pink

Bloom Season: Blooms Early Summer, Blooms Late Summer

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

5.00
Global Rating: 5.00 from 5 reviews
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Quality Seeds (Common Milkweed) (Readily Available) SPRING/FALL PLANTING

The seeds arrived in a mylar packet, preserved well and seeds looked full and young. They were fresh by look of the red hairs and strings as if they had just fallen from the plant itself. I planted the seeds by dividing the packet in three with around 7 to 15 seeds in each planting, therefore the packet was generous considering the milkweed seed may take root easily as a milkweed bud floats to fertile ground in the wild. So these seeds were presented in a decorated packet from the company Everwilde in the Midwest, hoping for summer blooms and the perrenials for next spring also.

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Excited about milkweeds

Lets all do our part to add to our yards those plants that support our local wildlife. Looking forward to growing these plants from seed.

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Received and planted.

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Fast Service

Quick delivery. Clear growing instructions and info. resources given with packet.

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Products came very quickly, beautifully packaged.

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Size Price Quantity
XL Mylar Packet (~300 Seeds) $2.50 -+
1/4 Oz Mylar (7.09g) $7.20 -+
1 Oz Mylar (28.4g) $16.80 -+
1/4 Lb Mylar (113g) $48.00 -+
1 Lb Bulk Bag (454g) $180.00 -+
5 Lb Bulk Bag (2.27kg) $810.00 Sold Out
10 Lb Bulk Bag (4.54kg) $1,440.00 Sold Out
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This familiar wildflower is a significant food source for monarch caterpillars and butterflies, and so it is used for butterfly gardens and waystations. This common variety spreads easily, but most gardeners do not mind if it spreads a bit.
In 1753, eminent botanist Carl Linnaeus gave Blood Flower its Latin genus name, "Asclepias." Asclepias, the name of the legendary Greek representation of medicine and healing, is especially appropriate since this plant formerly had numerous medicinal uses. At one time, the silk from the 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. Milkweed attracts flocks of butterflies and their larvae; 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 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: Though this plant can tolerate some dryness, occasional watering may be necessary. The flowers attract bees and butterflies, especially monarch butterflies. Deer avoid this plant. This plant will reseed itself and often spreads extensively in the wild.

Harvesting: This makes a striking cut flower. Cut the stems long, choosing flowers that have just opened. Keep in mind that the milky sap is mildly toxic and can irritate the skin.

Seed Saving: After the plant finishes flowering, 3-4" narrow pods will form. Be sure to harvest the 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

Latin Name: Asclepias syriaca

Species Origin: US Native Wildflower

Type: Native Wildflowers

Life Cycle: Perennial

USDA Zones: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

US Regions: Mountain, Plains/Texas, Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 4,900

Stratification: Cold/Wet for 4 Weeks

Germination Ease: Stratify 4 Weeks

Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun

Height: 36 Inches

Color: Pink

Bloom Season: Blooms Early Summer, Blooms Late Summer

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

Reviews

5.00
Global Rating: 5.00 from 5 reviews
5.0

Review By MATTHEW SIRAGUSA

Quality Seeds (Common Milkweed) (Readily Available) SPRING/FALL PLANTING

The seeds arrived in a mylar packet, preserved well and seeds looked full and young. They were fresh by look of the red hairs and strings as if they had just fallen from the plant itself. I planted the seeds by dividing the packet in three with around 7 to 15 seeds in each planting, therefore the packet was generous considering the milkweed seed may take root easily as a milkweed bud floats to fertile ground in the wild. So these seeds were presented in a decorated packet from the company Everwilde in the Midwest, hoping for summer blooms and the perrenials for next spring also.

5.0

Review By louise billings

Excited about milkweeds

Lets all do our part to add to our yards those plants that support our local wildlife. Looking forward to growing these plants from seed.

5.0

Review By Jeannette Rothenberger

Received and planted.

5.0

Review By Mattia

Fast Service

Quick delivery. Clear growing instructions and info. resources given with packet.

5.0

Review By Jacquelyn Craft

Great

Products came very quickly, beautifully packaged.

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