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West Coast Seeds - Asclepias Butterfly Bush (0.25g) - Orange Milkweed for Butterflies

$5.79

Cultivate a vibrant, butterfly-friendly garden with West Coast Seeds' Asclepias Butterfly Bush (0.25g), also known as Orange Milkweed. This hearty perennial, scientifically named Asclepias tuberosa, is intensely attractive to butterflies and beneficial garden insects, making it a delightful addition to any garden. With waxy green stems that grow up to...

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Cultivate a vibrant, butterfly-friendly garden with West Coast Seeds' Asclepias Butterfly Bush (0.25g), also known as Orange Milkweed. This hearty perennial, scientifically named Asclepias tuberosa, is intensely attractive to butterflies and beneficial garden insects, making it a delightful addition to any garden. With waxy green stems that grow up to 70cm (27") tall, topped by vivid orange flower clusters, this non-invasive species is perfect for attracting butterflies, even in urban settings.

Key Features:

Butterfly Magnet:

  • Attracts Butterflies: Highly attractive to butterflies and other beneficial insects, including the Monarch butterfly.
  • Nectar-Rich Flowers: Provides essential nectar for butterflies, ensuring a lively and thriving garden.

Vibrant and Hardy:

  • Vivid Orange Flowers: Adds a splash of color with striking orange flower clusters.
  • Drought Resistant: Ideal for xeriscaping and areas prone to dry conditions.
  • Non-Invasive: Unlike other milkweed species, it does not spread aggressively.

Easy to Grow:

  • Perennial Plant: Comes back year after year, providing long-term beauty and ecological benefits.
  • Cold Hardy: Suitable for growth in zones hardy to Zone 3.

Growing Information:

  • Timing: Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date and transplant in late spring. Requires cold stratification for germination.
  • Starting: Sow seeds in damp soil in 18-cell plug inserts and place in a refrigerator for two weeks or outside in early spring. Seeds should sprout in 7-35 days.
  • Spacing: Space transplants 30-60cm (12-24″) apart.

Maintenance:

  • Low Maintenance: Easy to grow with minimal care required.
  • Seed Pods: Remove conspicuous seed pods before they dry and crack to prevent spreading.

Important Note:

  • Toxicity: All parts of the plant are harmful if swallowed. Asclepias leaves can be toxic to chickens, so plant out of range of foraging flocks.

Enhance your garden with West Coast Seeds' Asclepias Butterfly Bush. Its vibrant orange flowers and ability to attract butterflies make it a standout choice for gardeners looking to create a lively and ecologically beneficial garden space. Enjoy the beauty and environmental benefits of this unique and hardy perennial.

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