Milkweed, Western Sand, Asclepias arenaria, 30 Seeds Per Pack, GMO Free, Heirloom Medicinal, Organic, Apocynaceae
30 seeds per pack
Name: Western Sand Milkweed
Scientific Name: Asclepias arenaria
One of the varieties that is often found growing naturally in the sandier soils of the more western states, the aptly named western sand milkweed is a hardy butterfly host plant. Young sand milkweed will have surprisingly small thin leaves, but when mature large elliptic leaves form which voracious caterpillars will enjoy. Perfect for adding diversity for pollinators to your garden.
Origination: North America
Recommended Uses: Ornamental, Butterfly Gardens
Flower Color: White, pale green
Maturity: 1-2 years
Milkweed grows best in sandy and well-draining soils in sunny areas as it is not shade tolerant. You may plant milkweed directly in beds or in pots – if you wish to keep them from spreading. When planting beds, plant groupings of seeds at least a foot and a half (.5 m) apart – lightly covering the seeds with soil, and keeping moist until germination. Planting is usually best done in early spring or fall. In some cases cold stratification may be needed in order to get seeds to sprout, but we’re able to achieve germination without it. If the plants get defoliated from caterpillars eating the plants down to the stem, the plant may be cared for normally as it will foliate within a few weeks.
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