|Sun Requirements:||Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
|Minimum cold hardiness:||Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
|Maximum recommended zone:||Zone 9b
|Plant Height:||24 - 48 inches|
|Plant Spread:||18 - 24 inches|
|Leaves:||Unusual foliage color
Other: Can spread somewhat rapidly by rhizomes. This plant is considered by many gardeners to be too vigorous and weedy for borders.
Other: Flowers are a nectar source for many butterflies and leaves are a food source for monarch butterfly larvae (caterpillars).
|Flower Color:||Other: Rose-pink to purple
|Bloom Size:||Under 1"
|Flower Time:||Late spring or early summer
|Toxicity:||Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
|Propagation: Seeds:||Provide light
Stratify seeds: 3 months at 40 degrees
Suitable for wintersowing
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Easily grown from seed, and will self-seed in the landscape if seed pods are not removed prior to splitting open.
|Propagation: Other methods:||Division
|Pollinators:||Moths and Butterflies
|Containers:||Not suitable for containers
|Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 15, 2012 4:51 PM|
Occurring widely in the northeast in thickets, open woods, and fields, Purple Milkweed is similar to common Milkweed except that it has much deeper rose-pink flowers and more pointed leaves. Plants form clumps 2 to 3 feet tall and wide and have stout straight stems topped by beautiful mid-summer rosy-purple flower balls. Butterflies LOVE their nectar and Monarch butterfly caterpillars love their leaves. Easy to grow in dry, poor to average soil, in full sun. Plants may seed and form colonies. (Sunlight Gardens)
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|lovesblooms||On February 19, 2017||Seeds germinated|
|lovesblooms||On February 4, 2017||Seeds sown|
|dave||On March 16, 2017||Seeds sown|
|dave||On January 29, 2017||Maintenance performed|
Placed in moist paper towel in a ziplock bag and placed in the fridge.
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