Seed Exchange - From midsummer until early fall, beautiful bright-orange flowers cover butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa). This North American native attracts bees, hummingbirds, moths, and butterflies and is an essential host plant for Monarch butterflies. Blooms reliably from seed the first year, if sown early. Plants will reach 2-3' tall and grow well in dry, sandy soil and in well-drained loams. Perennial. Hardy to zone 4.
Perennial and hardy to zone 4
Plants grow to 2-3 feet
Bright orange flowers in summer and fall
Pollinator-friendly; extremely attractive to bees, hummingbirds, moths, and butterflies
Instructions - Sow seeds indoors just beneath surface of soil in pots. Germination will occur with no treatment but benefits from cold stratification. Place pots in plastic bags and refrigerate for three weeks. Remove plastic and provide light and 50-75°F thereafter. Do not overwater. Transplant outdoors when light frost is still possible.
Start Indoors - 8-10 weeks before the last frost
Sow 1/4" deep
Germination 10-40 days
Plant 12-24" apart
Light: Partial Sun to Full Sun
Firefly Farm & Mercantile may substitute seed vendors from time to time because of availability