Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) Seed


Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) Seed



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Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), the food of the butterflies, is a perennial that thrives in average, well-drained soils under full to partial sun. It is used as a medicinal and culinary herb. Its young leaves, seed pods, flowers, and shoots are edible and can be used in a variety of ways. Milkweed is used in herbal medicine for its expectorant, diuretic, diaphoretic, and purgative properties.

Type: Perennial
Growing Zones: 3 – 8
Sow: Start indoors in pots 6-8 weeks before the last frost or sow directly outside after the danger of frost has passed.
Sow depth: ¼ in. lightly cover
Days to Germinate: 7-14
Special Maintenance: Stratify before planting for best results, at least 3 weeks covered. Use protective gear when harvesting to avoid skin irritation.
Days to harvest: 60-120
Sunlight: Full sun, partial sun
Bloom Time: Spring through early fall
Bloom Description: Bunched white and pink flowers
Drought Tolerance: Low
Special Properties: Attracts pollinators, edible, medicinal


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