Seeds forum: Texas milkweed - Asclepias texana

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Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
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DavidLMO
Jan 2, 2017 12:49 PM CST
Anyone have experience with this? Texas milkweed - Asclepias texana

Or is it like Asclepias californica (California milkweed) - esoteric?
Seeking Feng Shui with my plants since 1976
central Arkansas - zone 8a/7b (Zone 7b)
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Myles
Feb 24, 2017 11:37 AM CST
I grew it in large pots last year from seed, as I knew it would require winter protection in my area. I believe it is frost sensitive. I overwintered my A Texana milkweed in a small heated greenhouse this winter and it is putting up new growth now, and has at least one bloom head forming.

It's a lovely small milkweed, quite similar to A perennis in looks and size. The lady I purchased my seed from grows this milkweed in her San Antonio, TX garden, and told me she grows her plants in pots for the first two or three years before planting them out into her garden. A texana has lovely, glossy deep green leaves, which are more rounded than A perennis and the stems look a bit more woody than A perennis. Hope this helps.

a photo of blooms on one of my A texana potted plants


seedpods of A texana milkweed


Thumbs up Myles
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Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
Ignoring Zones altogether
Seed Starter Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Level 1
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DavidLMO
Feb 24, 2017 10:57 PM CST
Thank You!

If you develop any extra seed this year - keep me in mind and we can do a seed exchange. Thumbs up
Seeking Feng Shui with my plants since 1976
central Arkansas - zone 8a/7b (Zone 7b)
Butterflies
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Myles
Feb 25, 2017 7:36 PM CST
DavidLMO said: Thank You!

If you develop any extra seed this year - keep me in mind and we can do a seed exchange. Thumbs up


Will do! This small milkweed doesn't set seed as easily as A perennis but I had several pods mature last year so hopefully this year will be no different. Crossing Fingers!

.... gardening primarily for the butterflies and pollinators

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