Fundraiser # 2 - Asclepias tuberosa, Butterflyweed Seed Balls
Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa), a striking member of the Milkweed genus, is a critical host plant for the Monarch butterfly. It produces clusters of intense orange blooms mid-summer. It is a long-lived perennial.
Monarch populations are dwindling because Milkweed plants are being destroyed by large agriculture and popular landscaping practices. You can help the Monarch by including this colorful plant in your garden.
Butterflyweed seeds germinate in the early-mid summer, sometimes in July. The first year growth has no flowers and is primarily below ground as the plant develops a deep, robust root system. Plants in appropriate soil with proper light may bloom the second year. Third year Butterflyweed plants can be impressive with abundant orange blossoms.
- Supports Monarch Butterflies
- Native to much of United States
- Prefers full to part sun
- 2'- 3' tall with dark green leaves and orange flowers when mature
- Dry-Moist water requirements, likes well-draining soils.
- Sow Fall through Early winter.
- Zones: 4-10
- Duration: Perennial
A note about seed balls:
Seed balls, also known as seed bombs, protect the seeds from erosion, foraging, and many other factors. This protective property often results in a slower germination cycle. Wildflowers are also highly variable in their germination rates. Please be patient with your seed balls. If you placed them in a suitable location, soil, and climate, when the seeds are ready, they will grow!
OUR PROMISE We guarantee your satisfaction and will provide a full refund or replace your seed balls if your are not satisfied. No return necessary. Just contact us with your questions and we will work out a solution! We want your seed balls to grow!
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