Developed from a native North American wildflower, this is an important source of food for Monarch Butterflies. Forms an upright clump of narrow green leaves, bearing showy clusters flowers in mid to late summer in shades of yellow, gold, orange and scarlet. The seed pods that follow are sometimes used in dried arrangements — pick and dry these while still green. Very late to come up in the spring, so mark the spot by planting daffodils or other companion bulbs. Needs well-drained sandy soil.
Butterfly Weed AKA Milkweed is a trouble-free wonder in the sunny garden. It readily establishes from flower seed, and then it blooms unchecked through the most severe heat and drought. Winter-hardy as well, Asclepias Tuberosa Gay Butterflies returns for years to repeat its glorious show!
Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias Tuberosa Gay Butterflies) – Start some Butterfly Weed seeds for both your garden and your neighbor’s as well! Asclepias Gay Butterflies is not only an attractive perennial but it is also a wonderful food source for many beneficial insects. These Butterfly Weed giant flower heads are more than 5 inches across and in vivid shades of red, yellow, and orange. These vigorous Butterfly Weed plants can bloom from early summer until frost, and they flowers are also great for cutting.
Many gardeners recommend a cold treatment to help Asclepias Tuberosa seeds germinate more quickly. To do this, dampen a paper towel, place the flower seeds on the towel and seal it in a ziploc bag. Place the bag in the refrigerator for 3 – 4 weeks. After the cold treatment, start the Butterfly Milkweed seeds indoors. Do not cover the flower seeds as they need light to germinate. Transplant the Butterfly Milkweed plants outdoors once temperatures are warm and plants have 4 – 5 leaves.
Height: 28 Inches
Bloom Season: Summer/Fall
Environment: Full Sun/Partial Shade
Soil Type: Average/Dry/ Moist well-drained
USDA Zones: 3-9
Butterfly Weed Gay Butterflies Asclepias Tuberosa is a hairy, tuberous perennial native to North America. Butterfly Weed Gay Butterflies seeds can be started indoors in early spring, and the established plant grows up to 28 inches tall featuring the long, narrow, bright-green foliage and producing giant, 5 inch in diameter clusters of vibrant, small flowers that come in all shades of yellow, orange, and red. Asclepias Tuberosa blooms from June until first frost bringing months of radiant color that is irresistible to butterflies and hummingbirds.
Butterfly Weed Gay Butterflies is one of the most valuable flowers in butterfly gardens. Butterfly Weed is a wonderful choice for the sunny borders and meadow planting. The surface sowing has to be applied for Asclepias Tuberosa seeds, and Butterfly Weed likes to grow in full sun and dry or moist, but well drained soil. The plant can withstand poor soil, and this adaptable perennial is drought, heat, and humidity tolerant. Butterfly Weed Gay Butterflies is a wonderful fresh cut flower or as everlasting in dried floral arrangements.
Sow Indoors: Spring (6-8 weeks before last frost)
Sow Outdoors: Spring
Seed Depth: Surface sowing – press seeds slightly into soil
Germination Time: 28-42 Days