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Support your local monarch butterflies! Milkweed is the only food source for monarch butterfly caterpillars. Showy milkweed is a Saskatchewan native perennial that is more drought tolerant than other milkweed varieties. Large pink and white flower clusters attract pollinators as well. Packet contains ~ 30-40 seeds.


  • perennial
  • flowers in second year
  • full sun
  • mature height 3 feet (90 cm)
  • blooms in summer

Milkweed - Showy Milkweed Seeds

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  • Start milkweed seeds indoors 8-10 weeks prior to your last frost date. Can also be direct-sown in the fall.

    Cold stratification is required for germination. Place seeds in a moist paper towel inside a plastic bag or container. Keep in the fridge for 3-4 weeks before seeding. 

    Press seeds into soil and cover lightly. Keep moist until germination in ~10-15 days.

    Transplant after risk of frost has passed in a sunny location with plants spaced 18 inches (45 cm) apart.

  • Asclepias speciosa

    Also known as swamp weed, butterfly weed

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