It's the best of both worlds. Your garden aesthetic is accentuated by the brilliant Monarch butterflies that milkweed attracts, and you do right by these beneficial pollinators, providing the one plant they can lay eggs on. That's another thing about milkweed—easy landscaping. In this collection, three warm–toned bloom colors catch attention and keep it, as all of these varieties are free flowering through summer. They're all easy–to–grow, native varieties. The tuberosa varieties have a strong tolerance for dry soil. Patches of tuberosa have been seen growing out of otherwise barren, rocky soil on the side of highways. We also included an incarnata variety, also called Swamp Milkweed, which tolerates wet soil to the point of thriving in a water garden. Deer tend not to eat milkweed. Asclepias tuberosa (3), incarnata 'Soulmate' (1), tuberosa 'Hello Yellow' (1)
Planting InstructionsDig a hole large enough to accommodate the roots without bending them. Work soil around the roots, firm well and water thoroughly.
Winter CareNo winter care needed.
Flower FormMilkweed-like blossoms. Flowers about 1/4" across in short umbel-like cymes or clusters.
Foliage TypeAlternate, lanceolate or oblong, 2-6" long and 1/4 to 1" wide.
Soil RequirementWell drained, dry , infertile sandy soils. Doesn't like wet soils. Cannot compete with surface rooted trees. Incarnata can tolerate moist soil types.
Watering RequirementKeep consistently moist with good drainage.
PruningDeadheading can prolong blooming time.
Additional InformationMedicinal properties to roots. Leaves and stems are supposed to be poisonous to animals. Slow to emerge in the spring so be careful not to disturb it during early spring clean-up. It will compete successfully with the grasses.