Every spring, Monarch butterflies begin their long migration and seek out Asclepias tuberosa on which to lay their eggs. These are the only plants that their newly hatched offspring can feed on, so a reliable source of this native plant is essential to the overall survival of the Monarch.
This bushy variety of milkweed has an abundance of dark-green lance-shaped leaves and will grow 1½-2' tall. Large, flat-topped clusters of yellow-orange to bright orange flowers bloom May through September.
This variety of milkweed is native to most of the United States, with the exception of: WA, OR, NV, ID, MT, WY and ND. Because certain types of milkweed can become invasive in certain areas, we recommend you contact the The Xerces Society or the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) if you are uncertain about whether this plant is appropriate for where you live.
Each package contains approximately 100 seeds.
Outdoor Sowing Recommended.
- 8-10 weeks before last expected frost, chill seeds in a moist planting medium in a refrigerator for 4 weeks.
- Remove seeds and sow in individual pots, just covering the seeds with soil.
- Plant out after last frost, 12" apart in garden soil.
- Sow seeds in late fall or early spring.
- Plant in full sun to light shade and just cover with soil.
- Germination takes 3-4 weeks at 50-75°F.