Monday, June 21, 2010

Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella' is on sale

Our Asclepias 'Cinderella' is in full bloom so we thought we would put them on sale for $5 each instead of $7 for our full gallon pots. I grew these from seed and they are now 2 years old and blooming. The blooms will be bigger when they are in the ground. The following is a description from on of my wholesale sources.

We grow them for the blooms and the butterflies. Be aware the caterpillars will eat the leaves later in the season, so if you like butterflies do not use any sprays or pesticides on these perennials.

A virtually hassle-free perennial, offering three months of vanilla scented, rose pink flowers in large, compact clusters from midsummer to early fall. Deadheading the flowers will stimulate another bloom cycle about a month after the first one. The flowers, which are heavily laden with nectar and pollen, are particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects.
Following the fabulous flowers, typical milkweed seed pods develop which rupture to reveal seeds with long, silvery-white, silky hairs. These are great to use in dried flower arrangements.
This species grows in loose clumps by means of slowly creeping rhizomes. It is not invasive and can be safely mixed in with other perennials in the border. Ascelpias incarnata is native to North America.

We often have people ask for the Orange Butterflyweed Asclepias tuberosa. It is a bit harder to grow here in the High Country but it can be done. Site them in a very dry hot well drained location and they will be happy. They are much shorter at only 12-18" and the Monarchs do love them, like all the Milkweeds. The bitter sap in the milkweed plants makes them taste bad to predators. They do have to eat the foliage to get the protection. A small price to pay for beautiful butterflies.

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