Of the 200 species in the genus, the best known are North American wildflowers. They have small, curiously shaped blooms that appear in dense clusters and are irresistible to butterflies. We offer a brilliantly colored mix of A. tuberosa, Butterfly Weed. Plants bloom in shades of fiery red, orange, and yellow in June and July and make a fine addition to the hot-colored border; also magical with Delphiniums. They need well-drained soil and full sun.
For more information on the growing and care of Asclepias, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
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Cameron (Defining Your Home Garden) from Chapel Hill, NC
I have three of these plants from WFF. The plants quickly grew to a nice size in one year with outstanding bloom performance.
These are used in my butterfly garden which is a certified Monarch Waystation.
For companion plants, I use orange echinacea, crocosmia and purple verbena bonariensis.
Lush Life from New York, N.Y.
I ordered the Asclepias Gay Butterflies Mixture last summer which turned out not to be a mixture. All the flowers were orange. The plants did well and I enjoyed them in my garden but I was disappointed that it wasn't the mix it was advertised to be.
Butterfly Supporter from Akron, Ohio
I've ordered from White Flower Farm several times and have been very satisfied with the health of the plants I've received. This year I ordered a butterfly collection. My only disappointment is that all three asclepias have orange blooms. The variety of color is what I found desirable when I placed my order.
Latin Name Pronunciation: uh-sklee'pee-us
This genus, commonly known as Milkweed, consists of many North American native species, and is most notable for attracting butterflies. Their flowers are excellent nectar sources, and the plants are important hosts for the larval stage of the Monarch butterfly. Use Asclepias in pollinator gardens, sunny borders, and meadows.
Asclepias grows best planted in full sun and well-drained soil (sandy soil is ideal). Since some perennial Milkweed varieties are among the last to emerge from dormancy in spring, mark their location so you don't plant something on top of them.