Showy Milkweed Seeds

(P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Item #52155-PK-P1


Big fragrant blooms the butterflies adore

We are honored to make Showy Milkwood seeds available this season. A pollinator magnet you simply must grow in your sunny garden, it is a Native American perennial with so many merits, you will wonder how you ever got by without it.

Showy Milkweed is a stout, well-branched plant, airy and beautifully textured. The blue-green leaves are thick and slightly hairy, topped by glorious rosy-pink starbursts fully 4 to 5 inches wide from late spring into early fall. You will seldom find it out of bloom for 4 to 5 months at a stretch. And the blooms have that distinctive licorice aroma so beloved of hummingbird mint.

Butterflies aren't the only pollinators to visit these blooms. Honeybees and bumblebees find the nectar irresistible too. Be sure to site Showy Milkweed in a fully sunny spot, in well-drained soil. This is not a container plant; it grows a long taproot, so try to plant it where you know you want it to grow, because transplanting is very difficult.

Some asclepias species (not the cultivated varieties, but the wild species) can be invasive, but Showy Milkweed is far more restrained. It will self-sow, so if you don't want volunteers, simply remove the last blooms before they set seed. Or let the handsome seedpods form, cut them off, and share the rewards with friends who lack Showy Milkweed in their gardens.

Because milkweed is a food source for monarch caterpillars, you may find some nibbled foliage. In fact, you should. That means that the caterpillars have fed and are ready for the chrysalis stage. And if you look very closely under the stems, you may see semi-transparent chrysalises containing beautiful folded-up butterflies, just waiting to break open and fly. It's an amazing sight, and one that every gardener should experience.

Here are just a few of the butterflies you can look for on your Showy Milkweed:
painted ladies
pale swallowtails
tiger swallowtails
variegated fritillaries

When your seeds arrive, they need about a month of chill time. If you have room in your fridge, pop the seeds into the Bio Dome and put the whole Dome (or just the bottom tray, covered with plastic) into the fridge. But that takes up space, so another method is to place the seeds onto a moistened paper towel, fold the towel over them, and place it in a plastic bag. Put the bag in the fridge where it won't be disturbed for a month. Either way, once the seeds have gone through their chill time, you can sow and grow them indoors until they have at least 2 sets of true leaves.

Hardy from one end of the country to another, easy to grow, and ready to self-sow if you want more plants, Showy Milkweed is a treasure. Make it part of your permanent landscape this season.


Skip Product Specs
Genus Asclepias
Species speciosa
Item Form (P) Pkt of 100 seeds
Zone 3 - 9
Bloom Start to End Mid Summer - Late Summer
Habit Upright
Seeds Per Pack 100
Plant Height 24 in - 3 ft
Plant Width 24 in - 3 ft
Additional Characteristics Butterfly Lovers, Cut-and-Come-Again, Direct Sow, Easy Care Plants, Ever Blooming, Flower, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Heirloom, Long Bloomers, Pest Fighter
Bloom Color Light Pink, Purple
Foliage Color Medium Green
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy, Poor, Sandy
Uses Beds, Border, Cut Flowers, Outdoor, Wildflowers

Product Review Summary

Based on 1 review
The average rating for this product is 1 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 1.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

February 13, 2022

Not a single seed germinated.

This shopper rated the product 1 out of 5 stars

Not much more to say, I tried germinating outside, and also under controlled lighting in optimum conditions. No life in these

Juno from OR

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