Asclepias Plants

Asclepias plants are used by the Queen and Monarch butterfly for egg-laying. It is the only plant material that a Monarch caterpillar can eat and survive on. Besides attracting the butterflies, its nectar is a food source for bees, swallowtails and hummingbirds.


Asclepias, pronounced as-KLEE-pee-uss, is more commonly called Milkweed, or Butterfly Weed, a rather villainous-sounding nickname. But, it is far from being a weed. It is non-invasive and safe to plant in any garden. Milkweed grows wild in most of the U.S. and produces sweetly fragrant mauve-pink flowers. There are over 200 species globally, all bearing different colored blossoms.


The Butterfly Weed plant grows best in full sun when planted in well-drained soil. Water moderately, but not late in the day. Along with being a low maintenance plant, Butterfly Weed is also deer-proof.


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Cinderella Asclepias Plant

Price $6.70

The 'Cinderella' Asclepias Plant bears large, compact clusters of vanilla-scented flowers that first appear as deeply pink beads, opening with tiny petals a shade or two lighter, and then finishing with wide open pale pink flowers that make the clusters look somewhat lacy. The long-lasting blossoms on amazingly salt-tolerant Milkweed plants are perfect for cut flower arrangements; the cut ends can be lightly seared with a flame to prevent the milky sap from leaking out. For dried arrangements, let the seed pods develop their long, silky, silvery-white hairs before snipping, or alternately, deadhead the first blooms to force a re-bloom of this Butterfly Weed, then drying it for everlasting arrangements. Each 3-inch pot contains one Cinderella Asclepias plant.

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Hello Yellow Asclepias Plant

Price $6.70

Our 'Hello Yellow' Asclepias Plant is the first truly yellow Milkweed; this hue just happens to enhance the colors of its favorite visitor, the monarch butterfly, to perfection. You can’t help but smile as this drought-resistant, nicely salt-tolerant, free flowering Butterfly Weed seems to grow wings with the myriad of honey bees and butterflies so irresistibly drawn to it. Even the seed pods, if left to their own devices, will sprout wings and blow away. Both the blossoms and the seed pods add eye-fetching interest in fresh vases and dried arrangements where they retain their color and have good, stiff, long-lasting texture. Each 3-inch pot contains one Hello Yellow Asclepias plant.

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Tuberosa Asclepias Plant

Price $6.70

The 'Tuberosa' Asclepias Plant produces flower clusters that are brilliant orange, sometimes tending to be very reddish-orange, depending upon the moisture and sunshine available. This variety is most often called Butterfly Weed because it is believed the colors, orange and red, are more attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. The flowers are long-lasting in cut arrangements and their fragrant nature brings a hint of the outside, inside. This brightly-colored Milkweed plant has no milky sap and is just as salt-tolerant as her other relatives. Each 3-inch pot contains one Tuberosa Asclepias plant.

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Woodson Swamp Asclepias Plant

Price $6.70

Our ‘Woodson Swamp’ Asclepias plant will be at home in moist, and even swampy, areas of your landscape. Ideal for decorating the edges of your pond feature, this Milkweed sports frilly looking umbels of bright, flirty pinky-red accented with tiny white starlets. The foliage is vividly green and often tinged with lavender. Monarch butterflies will build their nurseries here, while you get to enjoy its pleasant vanilla-like fragrance. It will reach its maximum height in fully sunny locations. Cut Woodson Swamp Milkweed for fresh arrangements, or dry the blossoms for everlasting, spring-colored dried arrangements. Asclepias is even highly salt tolerant, making our coastal gardeners extremely happy!

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Milkmaid Asclepias Plant

Price $6.70

The 'Milkmaid' Asclepias Plant bears clusters of creamy white diminutive flowers atop medium-green, strong stems surrounded by spear shaped foliage with lighter green midribs and lacy veining. Also called Swamp Milkweed, this totally un-weed-like perennial is home to the Monarch Butterfly and other winged beauties, to include the hummingbird. Imparting a vanilla scent all summer long, Milkmaid Butterfly Weed makes a striking accent to cut flower arrangements, adding height and living long. You can also dry Milkmaid and use the seed pods in everlasting arrangements. Lightly sear the cut ends with a flame to keep the milky sap from leaking and let the seed pods develop fully before cutting. Deadheading will force a re-bloom. She breaks dormancy late, but be patient; the show is worth the wait. She is even wowing our coastal gardeners with her tolerance to salty soils and spray! Each 3-inch pot contains one Milkmaid Asclepias plant. Mark Your Calendar-Available to PreOrder in December.