Milkweed, Showy (Asclepias speciosa), packet of 30 seeds, Organic
Family: Milkweed (Asclepiadaceae)
Hardy to Zones 4 to 9
Herbaceous perennial native to the western states. Edible shoots in spring, butterfly attractor come midsummer, downy pubescence on the wind come fall. Traditional usage (Native American): warts, antiseptic, ringworm, fiber. Source of cardiac glycosides, excessive internal usage toxic. Showy Milkweed seed does well if simply sown in warm soil, with germination in 2 to 3 weeks. Probably since these plants are from the warmer states, the seed has not developed the same dependency on cold soils/stratification as other species (e.g. Asclepias tuberosa). These taprooted plants are best direct seeded in the garden, although it is possible to grow them in flats or pots and transplant. They don’t particularly like to live in pots, though. Showy flowers to 2 feet tall on a multistemmed bush. Space plants 1 to 2 feet apart.
30 seeds per packet, Certified Organically Grown