Orange Butterfly Weed
Treasure Tag Seed Pack
Orange Butterfly Weed
Tuberosa is by far one of the most vibrant milkweed we carry. The bright orange is sure to stand out in any flower bed. This beauty is native to much of North America, including much of the United States and Canada. It is hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 3 through 9,
This species is a member of the Asclepiadaceae (milkweed) family and typically grows to be about 1-2 feet tall. It is drought tolerant and thrives in well-drained, sandy soil with full sun, but grows well in moist soil and sun conditions.
Contrary to popular belief, not all milkweed needs cold stratification. Asclepias tuberosa is the one of the few milkweed seeds that does NOT require cold stratification. We planted them straight from the pod and had sprouts within a couple days.
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WHAT ARE TREASURE TAGS?
Treasure Tags are a reinvention of your standard plant tags. Not only do they include the traditional horticulture information, they also include pictures of the treasures left behind and who left them.
With the pictures of the butterflies and moths that lay eggs on the host plant, and the caterpillars that they feed, you can confidently raise just about any butterfly and moth that plant hosts!
- Common Name: Butterfly weed, pleurisy root, orange milkweed
- Botanical Name: Asclepias tuberosa
- Family: Asclepiadaceae
- Plant type: Perennial
- Sun: Full
- Soil Type: Dry, well-drained
- Hardiness: Zones: 3-9 (USDA)
- Native: North America – eastern and southeastern U.S.
- Seed: No cold stratification necessary direct sow any time.
WHY SO MANY TREASURE TAGS?
Because we want EVERYBODY to be a part of our Million Milkweed Challenge!!
Seed lovers everywhere join the fun of seed trading, so we added 5 Treasure Tags to each set to make sharing even more fun! You and all your friends can easily have your milkweed counted in our Million Milkweed Challenge, by scanning the QR code featured on the back. Simply open your cell phone camera, hold it over the QR code, tap the link and hit the Get Started button. The fun REALLY begins when you watch the Million Milkweed number grow with each of your submissions!!!
Direct Sowing Instructions:
- Prepare the seedbed by tilling or raking the soil to remove any debris and create a smooth, level surface.
- Sow the seeds on the surface of the soil and press them down gently. You can do this in early spring after the last frost, or in late autumn before the first frost.
- Once the seedlings have sprouted, thin them out so that they are spaced about a foot apart. This will give them room to grow and develop.
- Start sowing 2 months before the last frost.
- Add 2-3 seeds per cell and press lightly into moist soil and cover until signs of germination.
- Harden off in the spring by putting them in a shaded area and gradually exposing them to more sun for 2 weeks before transplanting.
- Space them about 12 inches apart.