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Milkweed Common Seeds (Asclepias syriaca)

Milkweed Common Seeds (Asclepias syriaca)

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COMMON MILKWEED - Asclepias syriaca - Milkweed plants (Asclepias) are the host plants for Monarch butterflies...but milkweed is also a highly sought nectar source for many other butterfly species! Aside from attracting Monarch butterflies for egg-laying, milkweed entices swallowtails, painted ladies, American ladies, red admirals etc. for nectarine. Blooms June/July SUN/PARTIAL SHADE

Zones: 3 through 9

Height: Up to 4 ft.

Flower Color: Pink/Mauve/Purple

Plant Type: Native Perennial

Light Requirement: Sun - Partial Shade

Bloom Time: Summer

Seeds per Packet: 50+/-

Seeds per Pound: 70,000

Is this wildflower invasive: No

Is this wildflower endangered: No

Is this wildflower edible: No

Is this wildflower medicinal: No

Milkweed germination information: Seeds will lie dormant until they acclimate to their new environment or until the proper conditions for growth occur. **Milkweed is not an instant garden flower and takes patience the first year or two before they germinate and bloom. Once they do, they are well worth the wait. Germination Code: G2

Different Ways Woodland and other Rare Species Break Dormancy: Each species is different. Some are relatively quick and act like traditional perennials while others can take a few years. Below, we have outlined different ways these species break dormancy to help you better understand why some take longer than others. It will also help you to better understand why they don't germinate the first or second year – so don't give up on them!

1. – Some species germinate upon sowing in a warm location like any other perennial. They grow and leaf the first year to begin blooming the second and successive years.

2. – Some species need a cold, moist stratification followed by an extended cold period ie. Fall/Winter.

3. – Very small seeds need light to break dormancy so they should be planted no deeper than 1/8th of an inch and just a light layer of soil cover. They shouldn't be allowed to dry out. You can tell the size of your seeds by just looking at them.

**4. Some species will need a warm, moist period followed by a cold, moist period and will need 2-4 full years of these alternating conditions to break dormancy.