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Butterfly Weed-Hairy Balls Weed Seeds


Butterfly Weed-Hairy Balls Weed Seeds

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Asclepias gomphocarpus



10 Seeds|

Unique milkweed and is one of the more favored host plants of the Monarch butterflies.Family Jewels Milkweed, Hairy Balls, Swan Plant butterfly weed. This lovely white milkweed grows 6' tall. Clusters of fragrant blooms grow on long stems (they make great cut flowers), drawing butterflies to the plant, and they turn into some of the weirdest seedpods in creation.   It's perennial in zones 9-11, a fine annual anywhere as it blooms in only 7 weeks from seed, and it reseeds enthusiastically. Leave it alone and you'll soon have a chorus line of graceful blooms. Remove the pods if you don't want a spread.  Translucent lime green, hairy balloons grow in clusters on long stems. Even cooler than the flowers for arrangements, they inspire giggles and adolescent humor. "Hairy Balls" , "Family Jewels", whatever. Milkweeds are poisonous. Always use caution when planting near pets and children. Some people find the milky sap to be a skin irritant.Grow it for flowers, grow it for giggles, most certainly grow it for the butterflies. It gets its name of ‘Butterfly Weed’ because the flowers are a nectar source for many butterflies and the leaves are a food source for monarch butterfly larvae (caterpillars). Don’t worry if the caterpillars eat the leaves – that is a milkweed plant's purpose in your garden, to help propagate more butterflies! To make sure you have plants for yourself to enjoy, be sure to plant enough for you AND the butterflies!  

 USDA Zone 3-9.


 How to Grow Butterfly Flower From Seeds

  • Asclepias incarnata( Milkmaid) thrive in moist, evenly wet soil, full sun.
  • Asclepias curassavica (Silky Gold) Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil
  • Asclepias tuberosa (orange and Gay Butterflies) tolerate heat and drought. occisional water once plant is established.
  • For best results, sown indoors at alternating temperatures of 68° and 86°
  • Sow at a depth of 4 times the size of the seeds
  • Expect germination in 15-20 days
  • Seeds can also be sown outdoors on site during spring or summer (up to two months before first frost)
  • When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed.
  •  Space 8-12 inches apart in full sun. Site in a sandy, well-drained soil.
  •  Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves, being careful while doing so and the roots do not like to be disturbed,  as it resents any trauma.
  • The plant grows 3 feet tall by 12 inches wide and boasts flat, 1-2 inch diameter clusters of orange, orange-red, or yellow flowers.
  • Situate this perennial in borders and wildflower gardens to enjoy its colorful floral display and to attract bees and butterflies to the garden.

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