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Common Milkweed Seeds

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Quick Overview

This gorgeous plant produces purple/pink flower clusters that wildflower gardeners love – It is extremely easy to grow and spreads quickly. Common Milkweed is one of the Monarch Butterflies’ favorite plants and will bring many winged friends to your garden or meadow. Perennial.

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SKU ASSP
Common Name Common Milkweed
Botanical Name Asclepias syriaca
Plant Type/Life Cycle Perennial
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Pink
Estimated Mature Height 30-60 inches tall
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Seed
Seeds Per Pound 64,000
Seeds Per Packet 45
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Amount of Rain N/A
Will Tolerate Sandy Soil, Clay Soil
Native To North America
Native to Native to most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains.
Native N/A
Ideal Growing Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific NorthWest
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Is It Storable? Yes- You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Ships to Canada Yes
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Description
Milkweed is a handsome, straight plant you see in every farm field and growing wherever a roadside hasn't been mowed. Leaves are glossy and thick, and the blooms are large, rounded clusters of purplish/pink flowers atop plants that range from 2 to 5 ft. It's native in the US from Canada to Georgia, and west to Texas.

The botanical name, "Asclepias" is after Aesclepios, the Greek God of medicine, since this plant has been used as a medicinal since ancient times. "Milkweed" derives from the fact that when you break a stem, sticky white sap immediately appears. Common Milkweed is one of our commonest "weeds," but one almost all wildflower gardeners want.

This is the plant famous for its "silky seeds" in fall, when you see the drying cone-shaped seedpods crack open and their snow-white shiny fluff flying around the meadow. This is the dispersal mechanism for the large shiny seeds of common milkweed. Every kid loves to blow them away in fall, like dandelion seeds in spring.

Even though farmers hate milkweed, you'll love it in your wildflower garden...for two reasons. It's beautiful and dependably perennial, and it's the No. 1 plant visited by Monarch butterflies on their famous migration south every summer and fall. In fact, during late summer, it's somewhat rare to see a milkweed plant without a monarch perched upon the flowers, making it the No. 1 butterfly magnet among our wildflowers. ("Butterfly Weed" is a close relative, with bright orange flowers.)

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        1.0

        Never germinated

        By Raisa

        from New York

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              Comments about Common Milkweed Seeds:

              Planted in sunroom in pots. Never germinated. Got nothing.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Product did not live up to expectations

              By FreeguyMd

              from Sharpsburg , Md.

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                    Comments about Common Milkweed Seeds:

                    I planted 45 seeds in pots, so they would grow and be ready to plant after last frost. Only eight of the seeds ever sprouted.Ihad them in 60 to 70 deg. temp, under a grow light.I moved these pots outside when it was warmer in the daytime , and covered them at night when it got cooler. They grew very slow. As they grew I planted in bigger pots to allow the roots to grow. I planted them out , but they did't grow very well , and now I only have 5 plants left. I doubt that they will make it through the winter. I had high hopes , but it didn't work out.

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                    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Seeds great, Shipping way to expensive,

                    By jim, the shipping magnate

                    from Wisconsin

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                          Comments about Common Milkweed Seeds:

                          SHIPPING TOO EXPENSIVE

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          2.0

                          experienced gardeners only

                          By Ed

                          from Belleville, Illinois

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                          • Difficult To Germinatge

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                            Comments about Common Milkweed Seeds:

                            I am still trying to get 12 more seeds to germinate...

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                            (3 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            2.0

                            didn't come up

                            By clou

                            from Harrisburg PA

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                            planted to attract monarch butterflies

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