Butterflies will seek out your garden when you grow this vigorous, heirloom perennial, a preferred nectar plant for monarchs and other pollinators. Beginning in summer, you will be treated to a profusion of fiery, red-orange flowers followed by decorative green seed pods. Drought tolerant once established; performs in poor soils. Native to much of the United States. A long-lasting addition to cut flower arrangements. Perennial in USDA zones 3 and warmer. Sap is toxic; avoid eye/skin contact and do not ingest.
• Botanical Name: Asclepias tuberosa
• Family: Apocynaceae
• Native: Eastern U.S., Canada, and Northern Mexico
• Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 3 and warmer
• Plant Dimensions: 24"–36" tall
• Variety Information: Individual flowers ½", borne in brilliant red-orange clusters.
• Exposure: Full sun
• Bloom Period: Summer
• Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Drought Tolerant, Deer Resistant
• When to Sow Outside: 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date, or fall for spring germination.
• When to Start Inside: 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date.
• Days to Emerge: 14–28 days
• Seed Depth: ¼"
• Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12"–24"
• Thinning: When 3" tall, thin to 1 every 12"–24"
• Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest flowers in the morning, choosing blooms that are 1/2-2/3 open. Place in water, allowing the latex within the stems to dissipate in the water, then change the water. Wear gloves; milkweed sap can cause skin and eye irritation and can be toxic if ingested.