Ed Hume Seeds

Butterfly Milkweed



This perennial blooms in clusters of bright orange, star shaped flowers.  Its nectar is an important food source for bees, butterflies and other pollinators.  Once established, it blooms from early to mid summer, its green foliage turning to gold in the fall.

Special Directions for Short Season Climates

SOWING: Sow seeds in previously prepared area after danger of frost has passed. Lightly rake seeds into soil or cover with planting medium to a depth of 1/8 inch. Seed can also be sown earlier indoors in flats for transplanting outdoors later.

THINNING & TRANSPLANTING: Thin or transplant seedlings to about a foot apart when they are about two inches tall.

GERMINATION: Approximately 10 days in 65 degree F weather. Keep soil moist during germination.

Ed's Special Advice

For best results, plant seeds in a mostly sunny, weed free spot where the soil has been cultivated, enriched and raked smooth. Water as necessary until plants are well established, less frequently thereafter. Combine with landscape plants such as butterfly Bush and Red Hot Poker. These seeds will grow to provide an ideal habitat for visits from butterflies and pollinators.


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