asclepias tuberosa seeds

After their second growing season, only requires deep but infrequent watering. I live in Florida. Growing 24 inches high and wide, plant Asclepias tuberosa in full sun. Tropical is the Steak although it’s perennial in only 5% of the country. Good luck with your caterpillars…

  • Thanks…I have fish emulsion so I’ll give it a try. Good luck with the rest of your season…

  • I have planted several milkweed plants in Orlando, FL. This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. good luck!

  • I received a packet April 21, 2016 of Pink Butterfly Milkweed Asclepias tuberosa seed at the District meeting of the Montana Federation of Garden Clubs. The funny thing is, about a month ago I put some of my wild collected tuberosa seeds in a water container to try that method, no sprouts at all yet. Requires seed prep (scarification) and a hot sunny site with sandy soil for best growth. Some of the seeds have long narrow leaves. (me: now it says) no cold stratification necessary

    Also the newsletter signup would not allow me to sign up it continued to tell me the address was invalid. Planting In Spring: Once the 30 days are complete, it’s time to plant the cold stratified Milkweed (asclepias) seeds. What would cause this? good luck!

    • I have had my butterfly weed in a large pot and it’s in its second year. Plants grow 3’ tall with 3’ spread. Is it because I have placed it around my other plants? You may have to transplant. It is more prone to OE, which infects the monarchs, and disrupts the migration of the monarchs. Milkweed has a bitter taste and most animals won’t touch it. Monarchs typically lay eggs on tuberosa earlier in the season.

      • I buy ladybugs and release them at the base of the plant and they eat the aphids as fast as they can. Just a few handfuls of compost and Yum Yum Mix added to the planting hole is enough. Thanks.

        • Hi Judy: groundhogs, rabbits, deer…it would seem many of these critters have adapted to the ‘poisonous’ cardenolides in milkweed.

        • Hi,

          I have previously had the same problem with something eating my Tuberosa plants and I suspected the groundhogs. All species of Asclepias are late to emerge in the spring, so don't be concerned if other perennials come up first and they remain dormant. Cutting back the root system might work too if there is little foliage on the plant when you do it. Guess I got lucky.

            • Yes, all started from seed late this winter / very early spring. If you have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (800) 925-9387 or contact us by email. Planting Milkweed Seeds: survive the winter temperatures in your area. It is the best place in terms of sun and not getting mowed over by idiot lawn mowers (I just had my lilies in front decimated the other day). We had lots of rain in both cities in the spring and during a very hot summer.

          • I bought 4 Asclepias Tuberosa plants to add to the milkweed in my yard. Free shipping . This is its third summer and has not spread. Sometimes called pleurisy root, butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a perennial wildflower grown for its … If so, how? Asclepias tuberosa ‘Gay Butterflies’ Butterfly Weed: USDA Zone: 4-9: Plant number: 1.080.060. I would stop fertilizing it and just water it to get it acclimated. We now have regular populations of ladybugs and lacewings, and that has prevented serious infestations for the past 5 years. Asclepias tuberosa (Orange and Gay Butterflies) tolerate heat and drought, need only occasional water once established, will happily accept average moisture with good drainage. The seeds need a cold, dormant period, known as stratification, to germinate. Asclepias tuberosa is a long-blooming perennial perfect for butterfly gardens, landscape designs, and container combinations to name a few. I’m devastated. tuberosa butterfly milkweed Legal Status. Get familiar with milkweed: there are some imposters out there. Use a heated seed mat. No leaves on the remainder 3 feet. Once established do … The Monarch butterfly will also use it as a food source for its caterpillars. Ctr. C $1.91 + C $1.55 shipping . tuberosa in my main b-fly garden and it wasn’t doing too well – I think it was being overshadowed by the taller milkweeds. Is it true they put pesticides. I’m trying to combine common milkweed with butterfly weed but I’ve noticed that fireflies house on the common variety. Very pleasant surprise!

      • I believe a tuberosa is in my garden. Up here A. tuberosa just dies back to the ground and reemerges next spring. I would try division in early spring when the plant is just starting to put up new growth, or in late summer as it starts to cool. Also known as Asclepias tuberosa, orange milkweed, pleurisy root, and yellow milkweed, the plant can grow to be anywhere from one to two feet tall and is characterized by glossy green leaves and clusters of bright orange-to-yellow blooms that are rich with nectar and pollen, which in turn attracts butterflies, along with bees, insects, and hummingbirds, all summer long. Asclepias can be divided into two groups for plant care; Asclepias tuberosa with orange (sometimes yellow) flowers and all the other species with pink (sometimes white) flowers. ‘Hello Yellow’ on Amazonir?t=monabuttgard 20&l=ur2&o=1 Asclepias Tuberosa

        5. Asclepias tuberosa. Use twist ties or rubber bands to bind pods for seed collection. 3ft (90cm) These are herbaceous plants, well worth growing for their waxy flowers with reflexed petals that are most unusual and always attract attention. Mature plants may freely self-seed in the landscape if seed pods are not removed prior to splitting open. Family: Milkweed (Asclepiadaceae) Hardy to Zones 3 to 9 (Butterfly Weed, Butterfly Flower) Herbaceous perennial native to the American prairies. Click below on a thumbnail map or name for subspecies profiles. Prolific bloomer from June to August. Out of all the plants, they seem to prefer the Tuberosa plants. They bloom from mid-summer into early fall and, with their milky sap, are resistant to rabbits and deer. It’s just a list of potential options. Our “hello yellow” cultivar had more flowers this season, was definitely visited by pollinators, but also didn’t produce seed…I’ve heard this is more common for that cultivar though.

  • Hi Tony,
    Thank you for the information. Should I create a caged house? The aptly named butterfly weed (A. tuberosa) is another colorful variety, with vibrant orange flowers. aphids ?
    What should I do about this?