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Spider Milkweed Seeds

Asclepias viridis

5.00 (5 reviews)
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HOW TO GROW

Sowing: In late fall, direct sow these Spider 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 our Asclepias Viridis wildflower seeds with moist sand and refrigerate for 30 days before direct sowing.

Growing: Young plants should be watered until they become established; mature plants can tolerate drought but grow best with occasional watering. Though not considered invasive, this plant spreads rapidly and will self seed. The flowers attract many bees and butterflies. Deer and rabbits avoid this plant.

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 Spider Milkweed seeds in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Common Names: Green Antelopehorn, Green Milkweed

Latin Name: Asclepias viridis

Species Origin: US Native Wildflower

Type: Native Wildflowers

Life Cycle: Perennial

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

US Regions: Plains/Texas, Midwest, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 4,300

Stratification: Cold/Wet for 4 Weeks

Germination Ease: Stratify 4 Weeks

Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun

Height: 14 Inches

Color: White, Green

Bloom Season: Blooms Late Spring

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

Spider Milkweed Seeds 5.0
Review By Elaine

So far so good!

These milkweed seeds are guaranteed to be non-GMO and be viable from this packaging, 3x's longer. Too bad we cannot guard them from Roundup, Dicamba, and Bio-Weapons after they are sown! Everwilde sent them out ASAP and the planting directions are detailed. So far so good...

Spider Milkweed Seeds 5.0
Review By Bradley Belyeu

A hard to find yet important milkweed

This is the same plant also known as green milkweed. It is important for Monarch butterflies in my part of the country b/c of its availability early in the season when they are traveling north. I was so happy to finally find seeds for it.

Spider Milkweed Seeds 5.0
Review By Eva FitzGerald

New plant for me. !

I am looking forward to growing all of these new varieties.

Spider Milkweed Seeds 5.0
Review By Donald Morgan

First purchase; impressive packaging.

Title says it all.

Spider Milkweed Seeds 5.0
Review By Connie Golden

Seeds

I never have an issue with my order or the seeds. They produce well and the packets are great for storing if you don't use them all. The price is good for the amount of quality time seeds you get.

Size Price Quantity
XL Mylar Packet (~50 Seeds) $3.75 -+
1/16 Oz Mylar (1.77g) $9.60 $7.96 -+
1/4 Oz Mylar (7.09g) $22.40 $16.80 -+
1 Oz Mylar (28.4g) $64.00 $48.00 -+
1/4 Lb Mylar (113g) $256.00 $192.00 Notify Me
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DESCRIPTION

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Known to attract flocks of butterflies, this milkweed features greenish-white flowers. It is native to the southern US, so it can take a lot of heat and is fairly drought resistant.
Since it grows most commonly in Texas, this variety of milkweed provides monarch butterflies with a valuable source of nectar on their journey north from Mexico. This native wildflower produces curved green seed pods that gave it the common name of Green Antelopehorn, while the abundant white crab spiders that inhabit its blooms resulted in the name Spider Milkweed. In 1753, eminent botanist Carl Linnaeus gave this plant 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 various medicinal uses. In spite of its highly toxic nature, Spider Milkweed attracts flocks of butterflies; 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 these Spider 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 our Asclepias Viridis wildflower seeds with moist sand and refrigerate for 30 days before direct sowing.

Growing: Young plants should be watered until they become established; mature plants can tolerate drought but grow best with occasional watering. Though not considered invasive, this plant spreads rapidly and will self seed. The flowers attract many bees and butterflies. Deer and rabbits avoid this plant.

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 Spider Milkweed seeds in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Common Names: Green Antelopehorn, Green Milkweed

Latin Name: Asclepias viridis

Species Origin: US Native Wildflower

Type: Native Wildflowers

Life Cycle: Perennial

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

US Regions: Plains/Texas, Midwest, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 4,300

Stratification: Cold/Wet for 4 Weeks

Germination Ease: Stratify 4 Weeks

Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun

Height: 14 Inches

Color: White, Green

Bloom Season: Blooms Late Spring

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

Reviews

5.00
Global Rating: 5.00 from 5 reviews
5.0

Review By Elaine

So far so good!

These milkweed seeds are guaranteed to be non-GMO and be viable from this packaging, 3x's longer. Too bad we cannot guard them from Roundup, Dicamba, and Bio-Weapons after they are sown! Everwilde sent them out ASAP and the planting directions are detailed. So far so good...

5.0

Review By Bradley Belyeu

A hard to find yet important milkweed

This is the same plant also known as green milkweed. It is important for Monarch butterflies in my part of the country b/c of its availability early in the season when they are traveling north. I was so happy to finally find seeds for it.

5.0

Review By Eva FitzGerald

New plant for me. !

I am looking forward to growing all of these new varieties.

5.0

Review By Donald Morgan

First purchase; impressive packaging.

Title says it all.

5.0

Review By Connie Golden

Seeds

I never have an issue with my order or the seeds. They produce well and the packets are great for storing if you don't use them all. The price is good for the amount of quality time seeds you get.

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