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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
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.