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Common Milkweed Seeds

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Packet ASSP
Price: $3.95
1/4 Pound ASSQP
Price: $99.95

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Quick Overview

This gorgeous plant produces purple/pink flower clusters that wildflower gardeners love. Common Milkweed is one of the Monarch Butterflies’ favorite plants and will bring many winged friends to your garden or meadow. Milkweed can be a challenge to grow but once established it will thrive for years to come and spread quickly. Perennial.
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Details
SKU ASSG
Common Name Common Milkweed
Botanical Name Asclepias syriaca
Plant Type Perennials
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Pink
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
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil
Native To North America
Native To Native to most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains.
Native Yes
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Advantages Native
Is It Storable? Yes- You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Canada Yes
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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5.0

A Monarch's Dream!

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from Michigan

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Pros

  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Easy To Grow
  • Gorgeous Blooms

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    Best Uses

    • Attracting Pollinators
    • Garden

    Comments about Common Milkweed Seeds:

    The Milkweed Seeds I ordered from American Meadows not only provided a knockout show of blooms, but a butterfly extravaganza! I recommend these seeds to any gardener who is trying to plant native and help pollinators.

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    4.0

    Here come the monarchs!

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    from Spring Valley, WI

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        • Butterflies Cannot Resist
        • Naturalizing

        Comments about Common Milkweed Seeds:

        These plants have brought butterflies into my yard by the dozens.

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        • No

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Not a single seed sprouted

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        from Capitola, CA

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              Comments about Common Milkweed Seeds:

              I purchased 3 packets of seeds to plant with my kindergarten class to support the butterfly population in our area. Not one single seed ever sprouted!

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              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Never germinated

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              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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                    (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Product did not live up to expectations

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                    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,

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                          from Wisconsin

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                                SHIPPING TOO EXPENSIVE

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                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                2.0

                                experienced gardeners only

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                                from Belleville, Illinois

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                                Pros

                                • Difficult To Germinatge

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                                • Customer Service Is Great

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                                  Comments about Common Milkweed Seeds:

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

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                                  (7 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  2.0

                                  didn't come up

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                                  from Harrisburg PA

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                                  planted to attract monarch butterflies

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