The quart size milkweed we offer is is the pink version of the midwest native swamp milkweed (Ascelepias incarnate).
The gallon size is also a pink swamp milkweed "Cinderella" (Asclepias incarnate 'Cinderelle')
Quart size Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a milkweed "with out the milk" as it doesn't exude a milky sap.
All our perennials have been grown without chemicals.
We bring in young plants (before they flower) so you can get them established in your garden soon for the butterfly frenzy that will start to happen moving forward since the weather is finally warming up.
Milkweed is the only host for the Monarch butterfly. Females lay eggs on milkweed varieties and, when the caterpillars emerge, they eat the milkweed until they form into their chrysalis phase. Once they emerge, the flowers provide an important source of nectar/food for adult butterflies.
These plants will also be in-store but anticipate great demand so if you really want either of them, please pre-order for curbside or delivery.
This product will be available after June 2nd.
It's not called Milk "Weed" for nothing... hardy in full sun or partial shade, Asclepias incarnata, a robust perennial plant, will spread. Seed heads form in the fall and can germinate after "vernalizing" (being cold over the winter) the next spring. (So, if you want to collect them to share with others, store them in the refrigerator or freezer over the winter.)
After it is first planted, water occasionally to help it get established. After that, it should be fine without intervention. During very hot summers, give it a drink if it looks stressed but, otherwise, "set it and forget it"...
Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) doesn't like being grown in a pot so it sometimes looks puny until it gets in the ground where it flourishes.