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yellow butterfly weed seeds

16-24″ tall x 18-24″ wide. ‘Hello Yellow’ provides a unique twist on an old favorite. Butterfly weed is the most well-known member of the native milkweed family and a celebrated monarch host plant. A low-growing milkweed, the flat-topped flowers are beloved by a host of pollinators including hummingbirds, honey bees, native bees, and a diversity of butterflies. A delightful addition to mixed beds and borders, provide adequate drainage and plenty of sunshine. Butterfly weed is drought tolerant once established making a great addition to sustainable landscapes. Plant in mass for a dynamic display. Deadhead plants after the first flush of blooms to encourage continued flowering. Though butterfly weed lacks the milky sap typical of its milkweed relatives, plants are resistant to deer and rabbit browsing. This is one of our most beautiful native wildflowers.

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Native Range for Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed) – AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV.

“Hello Yellow Butterfly Weed is a cultivar bred for its pure yellow flowers. I’ll never forget seeing this beauty in the wild on a milkweed photography trip in Kansas. Another interesting fact about Butterfly Weed is that the honey bees love them!” — Bobby Gendron

The Facts:

Growing Instructions: Start Butterfly Weed seeds outdoors in the spring after the danger of nighttime freezing has past. Pick a location with full sun and prepare soil for good drainage, if needed. Plant seeds 1/8″ deep and 18” apart, using 3 seeds per hole. Keep the soil evenly moist until the seeds germinate in 10 – 20 days. Once the seedlings reach 1″, thin out so you have individual plants spaced 18” apart. Water regularly allowing the soil to go nearly dry between each watering. Fertilize monthly in the summer with a general purpose fertilizer. To get a head start, seeds can be planted indoors in the late winter. Transplant outdoors after the danger of nighttime freezing has past.