This native wildflower was once considered a weed in most gardens. However, it is a vital plant for many beneficial insects, over 450 different types of insects in fact. One of the most popular milkweed-loving insects is the monarch caterpillar. In fact, this plant's leaves are the ONLY plant that monarch caterpillars can eat. Plant this flower in your yard to attract an abundance of creatures, and know that it'll get munched but all for the greater gift. Every fall the plant forms beautiful large cones that furl open to reveal a silky cocoon of seeds ready to spread their wings. Straight thick stems are full of broad leaves topped with a beautiful umbel of pink flowers.
SEED COUNT: 25 Seeds
Planting Instructions: Milkweed seeds need to go through a process called cold stratification. This means that the seeds need to be exposed to cold temperatures before they can sprout. Plant your seeds in the late fall to allow for this process to happen naturally. Otherwise, you can use your refrigerator to simulate cold stratification in the early spring. Cover seeds with 1/4" of soil. Wait for the soil to dry out slightly between watering. Transplanting is not recommended.
Sun: Full sun Germination (days till sprouts appear): 7-10 days Life Cycle: perennial Days to maturity: 21-28 days Spacing: 18" Height: 2-3' Germination Rate: 90%