Attracts butterflies and bees. Grows well in arid soils. Also known as milkweed or butterfly weed. Medicinal: Roots are a respiratory expectorant and diaphoretic. Zones 4-9. NOTE: Wild populations of Pleurisy Root have been deemed to be in danger of extinction. Harvesting of plants in the wild is strongly discouraged. Ht. 12-24". Avg. 5,500 seeds/oz. Packet: 100 seeds.
Latin Name: Asclepias tuberosa
Days to Maturity or Bloom:
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CAUTION: The milky sap of this plant may cause irritation in sensitive individuals. Exercise caution when harvesting. The purchaser assumes all liabilities relating to the use of this product.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 14-21 days at 65-70°F (18-21°C)
SOWING: Transplant (recommended) - Sow 10-12 weeks before last frost.
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.