We just came back from a visit with our Grower and the Native Milkweeds are looking GREAT! He assured me that we will definitely be ready to start shipping in March! I so excited…..and a bit relieved. Some of the natives can be a bit tricky to get started but he has been nurturing plants for over 30 years and really knows what he’s doing! Aquatic has been relisted and is ready to ship. I have also added some beautiful nectar plants, great additions to any garden.
There are over 100 kinds of Native Milkweeds and some are harder to get started than others. Some only grow in certain areas, most need a cool stratification to mimic winter in order to sprout. We have gathered information and come up with a list of the most common and easiest to grow and we are growing them now in South Florida. All of these milkweeds are native to the Eastern United States. The Native Milkweeds should go dormant in the winter and come back again in the Spring. Within a year or two, you should start getting seed pods that you can gather or let them go with the wind and seedling will appear in the spring. It may take a few seasons before you have a well established, season after season source of milkweed for migrating butterflies…..you have to start somewhere and you found your way HERE so you are certainly on the right path!
Dec 15. 2018 Here is an updated list of the Native Milkweeds (Asclepias) we will have available for Spring 2019.
- Swamp Milkweed (Incarnata)
- Common Milkweed (Syriaca)
- Honeyvine Milkweed (Cynanchum laeve)
- Spider Milkweed (Viridis)
- Whorled Milkweed (Verticillata)
- Aquatic Milkweed (Perennis)
- Green Comet (Viridiflora)
- Showy (Speciosa)
- Butterfly Weed (Tuberosa)
Update April 12, 2019: A separate page “ALL ABOUT MILKWEED” has finally been added. Detailed info on transplanting Tropical Milkweed and zones for Native milkweeds.