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Asclepias tuberosa, ‘Gay Butterflies’ Mixed

Butterfly Weed

The epithet, used of course in its original meaning, aptly describes this very fine cultivated strain, producing in only four months or so from seed, flowers in a very wide range of colours including gold, orange, red and pink. An excellent butterfly plant, the blooms are splendid for cutting and are borne from early to late summer. 2ft (60cm)

These are herbaceous plants, well worth growing for their waxy flowers with reflexed petals that are most unusual and always attract attention.

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Genus: Asclepias

Species: tuberosa

Variety: ‘Gay Butterflies’ Mixed

Family Name: Asclepiadaceae

Seed Catalogue No.: 143A

English Name(s): Butterfly Weed

Hardiness: Hardy

Lifecycle: Perennial

Suitable for: Cut Flowers

Colour: Mixed

Flowers: June, July, August

Lighting Conditions: Full Sun

Soil Type: Sand, Loam

Soil Acidity: Neutral, Acid

Moisture: Well-drained

Germination Instructions

Sow indoors. Sow into moist sand and cold stratify. Move to -4-+4°C for 4 weeks. Then move to 20°C for germination. Germination takes 21-28 days. After germination grow on in cooler conditions. Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle to 8cm pots. Acclimatise and plant out once danger of frost has passed with 60cm spacing. Can be sown directly in autumn where the seed will be naturally stratified.

Growing Instructions

Prefers well-drained loamy soil in full sun in a frost free area. Reduce watering after flowering. Keep almost dry in winter. May take up to 3 years to flower.

Cultivation Instructions

Will self-seed freely in areas with warm winters. Deadhead to prevent self-seeding.

When to Sow

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    Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors

Approximate number of seeds per packet: 29

Please note we pack the majority of our seeds by volume so the number of seeds indicated is only an approximation.

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This plant is a trouble-free wonder in the sunny garden, blooming unchecked through the most severe heat and drought. Winter-hardy as well, Gay Butterflies returns for years to repeat its glorious show!

As its name suggest, this plant grows effortlessly–just direct-sow the seeds in fall or early spring and wait for the show! Asking only sun and plenty of it, Butterfly Weed laughs at heat and drought, survives winter unscathed, and is long-lived. It reaches 2 feet tall and about 2 feet wide, with a lush, rangy form that complements other plantings nicely. And the blooms are super for cutting! Packet is 20 seeds.

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Took a little longer to germinate, compared to other butterfly weed. Also some germinated much sooner then others.

Have had this plant for about 3 years now and ended up planting about 100 of them as the monarchs lay their eggs on them. My monarch population is growing every year, the only bad thing about them is they tend to get a lot of yellow I believe aphids, but they don’t bother any other plants so it’s ok with me.

Asclepias tuberosa Germination Information

Asclepias tuberosa Seed Germination

Asclepias tuberosa is the botanical name for Butterfly Weed
How to Sow Asclepias tuberosa:

  • For best results, sown indoors at alternating temperatures of 68° and 86°
  • Sow at a depth of 4 times the size of the seeds
  • Expect germination in 15-20 days
  • Seeds can also be sown outdoors in situ during spring or summer (up to two months before first frost)
  • When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Asclepias tuberosa:
Spacing: Space 8-12 inches apart in full sun

Soil: Site in a sandy, well-drained soil

Transplant: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves, being careful while doing so as it resents being disturbed

Appearance and Use:

Situate this perennial in borders and wildflower gardens to enjoy its colorful floral display and to attract bees and butterflies to the garden. The plant grows 3 feet tall by 12 inches wide and boasts flat, 1-2 inch diameter clusters of orange, orange-red, or yellow flowers. These fragrant flowers appear in July and August. The stems ooze a milky sap when broken. Slender, hairy, 4-5 inch long leaves line the stem

About Asclepias tuberosa:
Pronunciation: a-skle’pe-us tu-ber-o’så
Lifecycle: Perennial
Origination: Asclepiadaceae; native to the United States and Canada
Common Name: Butterfly Weed

Deer eating dayliliesPlanting garlic, onions, chives, lavender, rosemary, and sage around rabbit-susceptible plants will repel rabbits. Deer repellent plants include: lavender, onion, catnip, sage, chives, garlic, spearmint, and thyme. Be sure to strategically place these repellent plants around and in between rabbit and deer-susceptible plants. Also, place some along the property line and especially at key points the rabbits and deer are using as entryways, which can even deter them from coming onto your property.

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First of all, we have humidity- and temperature-controlled storage, and we never treat any of our seeds with chemicals or pesticides. Nor do we ever sell GMO’s (genetically modified seeds), so you always know the products you’re buying from us are natural as well as safe for you and the environment.

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To make sure we are providing the best seed product possible and that our customers will get the highest number of seedlings from every packet, we conduct our own germination testing and have quality-control measures in every stage of our seed-handling operation. We hold ourselves to standards that are at or above federal and state standards, including testing specific crops more frequently than recommended by federal guidelines. And in order to maintain our organic certification, we welcome Clemson University to inspect us annually to make sure our organic seeds, which are stored and processed separately, are being handled properly.

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Park Seed has been handling and packing vegetable and flower seeds for 145 years, a history that has given us a great understanding of how each variety should be cared for and maintained throughout every step of theprocess, from collection to shipping.

When packing our seeds, the majority are actually done by hand (with extreme care!), and we often over-pack them, so you’re receiving more than the stated quantity.

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And many of our seeds are packed in our exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil packets, which are lined to keep moisture out, so the seeds stay fresher for longer. We carefully pack very tiny or fragile seeds in crush-proof vials to ensure safe delivery to your home. Some of the small seeds are also offered as “pellets” (have a clay coating) to make sowing and growing easier.

When it comes to the kinds of seeds we offer, we are constantly seeking something new and provide many unique and hard-to-find varieties from all around the world. Our on-staff horticulturists are ready and available to share their expertise to help you with the success of these seeds, so you can grow a beautiful and productive garden!

It is important for our customers to know that Park Seed does not sell GMO or treated seed.

Heirloom Seeds are open-pollinated — they are not hybrids. You can gather and save heirloom seed from year to year and they will grow true to type every year, so they can be passed down through generations. To be considered an heirloom, a variety would have to be at least from the 1940’s and 3 generations old (many varieties are much older — some 100 years or more!).

Hybrid seed are the product of cross-pollination between 2 different parent plants, resulting in a new plant/seed that is different from the parents. Unlike Heirloom seed, hybrid seed need to be re-purchased new every year (and not saved). They usually will not grow true to type if you save them, but will revert to one of the parents they were crossed with and most likely look/taste different in some way.

Pelleted pentas seedsExtremely small seed such as Petunias and Pentas are shipped as pelleted seed to make them easier to handle and sow. Pelleted seed are coated, usually with clay, to make them larger in size. After sowing, the coating will dissolve when wet and the seed will germinate. Pelleted seeds are shipped in vials placed inside seed packets, which protects them from being crushed. When sowing, be certain to use thoroughly moistened soil, to be sure that the clay coating absorbs enough moisture to dissolve. For sowing pelleted Petunia seeds, place the seeds directly on the soil surface and do not cover with soil, as light aids in the germination.

About this Product

This plant is a trouble-free wonder in the sunny garden, blooming unchecked through the most severe heat and drought. Winter-hardy as well, Gay Butterflies returns for years to repeat its glorious show!

As its name suggest, this plant grows effortlessly–just direct-sow the seeds in fall or early spring and wait for the show! Asking only sun and plenty of it, Butterfly Weed laughs at heat and drought, survives winter unscathed, and is long-lived. It reaches 2 feet tall and about 2 feet wide, with a lush, rangy form that complements other plantings nicely. And the blooms are super for cutting! Packet is 20 seeds.

Butterfly Weed Gay Butterflies produces giant flowerheads, more than 5 inches across, in vivid shades of red, yellow, and orange from June right up through frost! So floriferous that you can pick all you want and still have more than enough for the butterflies to enjoy!