Asclepias (Butterfly Weed) - Key Growing Information

Asclepias flowers, also known as butterfly weed and pleurisy root, in full bloom.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 14-21 days at 65-70°F (18-21°C)

SOWING: Transplant (recommended) - Sow 10-12 weeks before last frost. Sow 1/4" deep into a seed starting mix. Begins taproot growth upon germination. Do not allow to become pot bound at any time as plants will deteriorate rapidly. Transplant into larger cell packs or 3-4" pots 3-5 weeks after sowing. Harden off and transplant outdoors after the last frost. Direct seed - Can be direct sown in the fall or spring.

LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.

PLANT HEIGHT: Varies.

PLANT SPACING: 12-24".

HARDINESS ZONES: Varies.

HARVEST: 1/2 to 2/3 of flowers are open. If stems wilt after harvest, rehydrate in water for 24 hours.

CAUTION: Milky sap may cause eye and skin irritation.

SOIL: Well-drained, sandy loam to poor soil.

USES: Cut flower. Borders, containers, and butterfly gardens.

SCIENTIFIC NAEM: Asclepias spp.