Asclepias tuberosa Gay Butterflies Mix
Asclepias tuberosa Gay Butterflies Mix

Asclepias tuberosa Gay Butterflies Mix

SKU: S23980
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Quick Facts
Common Name: Milkweed
Hardiness Zone: 4-9S/10W Exposure: Sun
Blooms In: Jun-Jul
Mature Height: 24-30" Spacing: 12"
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: 1 PINT 28.86 CU IN.
Deer Resistance: Yes
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Asclepias tuberosa Gay Butterflies Mix is a brilliantly colored mix of native butterfly weed in shades of fiery red, orange, and yellow, blooms in June and July, when flowers appear in dense clusters. Butterfly weed adds sizzle to the hot-colored border and is magical with Liatris, Echinacea and native Grasses such as Little Bluestem and Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis). Slim, decorative seed pods, coveted by flower arrangers, later open to release papery seeds on silky parachutes. A favorite of pollinators and other beneficial insects, these well-behaved drought-tolerant milkweeds, essential for the survival of Monarch butterflies, are avoided by deer. They require well-drained soil. Asclepias tuberosa was named Perennial Plant of the Year® by the Perennial Plant Association. Because we cannot guarantee the complete assortment of bloom colors in this seed mix, we offer the plants in multiples of 3 in order to help provide a sampling of the full color range.

Of the 200 species in the genus Asclepias, the best known are North American wildflowers. They have small, curiously shaped blooms that appear in dense clusters. These plants provide nourishment for Monarch butterflies through all their life stages, and are essential for their survival.

For more information on the growing and care of Asclepias tuberosa, click Growing Guide.

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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.

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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. We also ship a wide range of containers and planters, tools, supplies, fertilizers, garden wear, garden decor items, as well as indoor decorations like wreaths and dried bouquets when available. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the green Shipping Details box for each item. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at the expected time of delivery.

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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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Average Customer Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars (14 Reviews) Write a Review

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slow taking off but now they are amazing

I planted these a couple of years ago. The first season I was unimpressed. The second season they were amazing- big and colorful! I think I got more beetles than butterflies, but they loved them!

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Tried and True, just picky SEEDS MUST HAVE WATER

I want to tell you all about this plant/ seeds, I've ordered from white flower farm for years, I"ve had a lot of items not come up but they always replaced them for me, this is a great company to deal with and I'd wish you'd all give them another chance, this plant is picky, number one, it comes up late, you should mark it, I do. last year I planted seeds and got about 50 plants, you have to put the seeds on top of your bed and barely put them under dirt, here's the catch that no one wants to do, they must repeat must be watered daily,unless their is rain, I got so many monarchs that this year I"m planting 600 seeds, I want butterflies everywhere I look, so please give them both another chance, you won't regret it

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Just won't take for me

Tried planting twice. Never came up. I wish I could get it started but have given up on it. However, I have seen beautiful stands of it and know it can be a worthwhile garden plant.
Response from White Flower FarmWhite Flower Farm, 2 years ago (01/30/20 11:37AM)

I am sorry to learn you have not had success with these plants on two occasions and I have emailed you directly regarding this.
Sincerely,
Cathy

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Aslepias Gay Butterflies

I recently wrote a bad review. Just wanted you customers to know that White Flower Farm contacted me and refunded the full amount. They are someone to trust, they stand by their promise. I will order from them again

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Asclepias Gay Butterrflies

I am so disappointed. I bought these for my mom last year for Mothers Day. They were approximately three inches tall when she received them. They did not grow and they barely bloomed. I will never buy anything else from White Flower Farm.
Response from White Flower FarmWhite Flower Farm, 3 years ago (04/13/19 01:05PM)

I am sorry to learn the Asclepias purchased in 2018 did not survive. As all of our perennial plants are guaranteed for a full year from the time received I will be contacting you via email regarding compensation.
Sincerely,
Cathy

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Growing guide

Growing guide
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Latin Name Pronunciation: uh-sklee'pee-us  

The genus Asclepias, commonly known as Milkweed, comprises more than 100 species, the best known of which are North American wildflowers. They have small, curiously shaped blooms that appear in clusters and are irresistible to butterflies. Milkweed is the host plant for Monarch butterflies - it is the only food source for Monarch caterpillars, and the butterflies will breed only where Milkweeds are found.

Asclepias tuberosa is native to eastern North America and is commonly referred to as Butterfly Weed. It blooms in June and July and makes a fine addition to a hot-colored border. It Butterfly weed needs well-drained soil and full sun. Swamp milkweed, Asclepias incarnata, grows naturally in moist soil rich in organic matter. It is well-adapted to good garden soil, and can take some shade. Both milkweed species are polite clumping perennials that may modestly self-sow, but will not spread underground.

Grow Guide for Asclepias incarnata

Plant Asclepias incarnata in moisture-retentive soil, rich in organic matter, in full sun or part shade. Swamp milkweed is a natural in rain gardens, sunny borders and wet meadows.

This perennial milkweed is quite late to emerge from dormancy in spring. Mark the location or leave 6" of stem if you cut back after killing frost, so you don't plant something on top of them.

Cut plants back by 1/3 to 1/2 in early summer to encourage strong bushy growth. More stems mean more flowers. Deadheading early blooms often results in a second flowering about a month later.

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 the sole host for the larval stage of the Monarch butterfly. Use Asclepias incarnata in pollinator gardens, pond edges, rain gardens, sunny borders, and wet meadows.

Grow Guide for Asclepias tuberosa

Asclepias tuberosa grows best planted in hot, baking full sun. It requires well-drained, not overly rich soil and will thrive even in nutrient-poor sandy or gravelly soils.

This perennial milkweed is quite late to emerge from dormancy in spring. Mark the location, leave 6" of stem if you cut back after killing frost, or simply leave the plant standing through winter, so you don't plant something on top of them.

Cut plants back by 1/3 to 1/2 in early summer to encourage strong bushy growth. More stems mean more flowers. Deadheading early blooms often results in a second flowering about a month later.

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 the sole host for the larval stage of the Monarch butterfly. Use Asclepias tuberosa in pollinator gardens, sunny borders, and meadows.