Irresistible Blend Milkweed/Butterfly Flower Seeds

Heirloom, Native

4 out of 5 stars
(9 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Butterflies and hummingbirds will flock to your garden to feast on the sweet nectar of this easy-to-grow, heirloom perennial. Often called swamp milkweed, this species grows best in moist or wet soils, such as near a pond or stream, but the loosely-clumped plants also grow well in a garden with regular watering. Decorative seed pods are beautiful in dried arrangements. Sap is toxic; avoid eye/skin contact and do not ingest.

We cannot ship this variety to Hawaii as per state regulations. Please do not order if your shipping address is in these states.

$2.49 150 mg (~24 seeds)

Botanical Name: Asclepias incarnata

Family: Apocynaceae

Native: Eastern ⅔ of the U.S. and Canada

Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 3-6

Plant Dimensions: 2'–4' tall on average but may reach as tall as 6'

Variety Information: Individual flowers ½" long, borne in pink or white clusters

Exposure: Full sun

Bloom Period: Summer

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flowers, Deer Resistant

When to Sow Outside: 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date, or in the fall for spring germination.

When to Start Inside: 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date.

Days to Emerge: 14–28 days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 16"–36"

Thinning: When 3" tall, thin to 1 every 16"–36"

Harvesting: For longest vase life, cut flowers when 1/2-2/3 of petals are open. Sear the stem end with a flame to prevent the sap from sealing the stem. Wear gloves; milkweed sap can cause skin and eye irritation and can be toxic if ingested.

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Irresistible Blend Milkweed/Butterfly Flower Seeds Reviews

9 reviews

A treat for the butterflies!

5 out of 5 stars Jul 19, 2020
Easy and quick to grow if you follow the directions. For stratification, I wrapped the seeds in a moist paper towel, sealed in a plastic bag, in the fridge for 2-3 weeks. Had 100% germination success rate. Plants grew quickly, even through a few periods of neglect. And the butterflies love them! If you want to help save the monarch butterfly population, grow milkweed in your garden.
Jackie from NY

Butterfly weed

1 out of 5 stars Aug 20, 2020
Did not germinate at all. Disappointed. I am not a beginner gardener.
Karen Wagner from WI
Owner Response: Hi Karen, We are sorry these didn't germinate for you. Stratification (a cold, moist period) does help tremendously with the germination of this milkweed. You can find instructions on how to stratify on the seed packet. Alternatively, it can be sown in fall and stratify naturally. We do guarantee our seeds and they are tested frequently by a third-party laboratory to ensure germination exceeds both federal and our own standards. A customer agent will contact you soon to help.


5 out of 5 stars Sep 1, 2020
I had such a nice growth of this Milkweed in my side yard this year. I should have stratified in the fridge for a higher germination rate, but I was a novice Milkweed gardener and chose to sow the seeds in early Spring. I already have more seeds from Botanical interest to sow this fall and some to germinate in the fridge, because my plants are covered in Monarch caterpillars and I am so excited! The plants didn't flower this year, but I've heard that's normal and maybe because the side yard isn't quite enough sun. I'm so happy seeing Monarchs in my flower patches and their caterpillars eating this Milkweed. I have even sent seeds to friends to get more people growing Milkweed to help the Monarchs.
Jenna from NC
Owner Response: Hi Jenna, How exciting. Just a tip--you stratify the seeds in the refrigerator (cold and moist) and they germinate outside of the refrigerator. You can also sow the seeds in fall or winter and let nature stratify the seeds for you. You can find more details on the inside of the seed packet or in the Milkweed: Sow and Grow article which is also linked in this product page under "Learn More".

Stratifying instructions

3 out of 5 stars Feb 26, 2021
Would you kindly copy the More Info you have inside the seed packet on this website? Thank you.
Fletcher from NH
Owner Response: Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. I will pass this along to our marketing and website team.

zinnia seed

5 out of 5 stars Jul 7, 2021
great seeds
Michael from NJ

Newbie gardener.

5 out of 5 stars Jul 17, 2021
I bought this packet at sprouts because I saw a butterfly on it. As simple as that. I bought the little pods to stick one seed in and I put 8 pods to germinate inside for two weeks. 7 plants popped up. I gave a was two and two and kept three. I was waiting to find homes for them because they grow up to 6 ft. So I figured by the time they were older to be plotted out I would have found homes. But three days ago butterflies started coming around they're about 10 inches tall very hearty. They got infested with red aphids but I washed them off and were fine. Then I notice the butterflies targeting it apart from the other plants. And then I saw it put its bottom on the bottom of a leaf. So now I am excited for this years gardening journey with butterflies. I have found a full sun area to plant them in for their homes. The people who received my other milkweed are excited as well. We went to a local butterfly garden to buy extra milkweed.
Faviola from CA

Loving it!

5 out of 5 stars Aug 7, 2021
I'm a beginner gardener, especially starting from seed, and I wasn't even sure if I'd have success with it especially the whole stratification process seemed really daunting. Well, I've got to monarch caterpillars so far!! I have 4 plants(I think that's all that I got to germinate) and they are doing amazing!! I'm so surprised because our soil is soooooo sandy here and even though I've mixed in compost and top soil as peat to amend the soil it's still quite sandy but it is thriving nonetheless! One plant is getting ready to flower as well! I think I might want to move the plants to a slightly different location next year and dont know if transplanting will work or not but I'll worry about that later. Great seeds!
Vivian from MI
Owner Response: Hi Vivian, If you want to transplant these dig a wide hole. They have large roots and will have the best chance of survival if they are not disturbed.

Still not bloomed

2 out of 5 stars Sep 26, 2021
I followed directions on package - nothing bloomed :(
Barbara from CO
Owner Response: Hi Barbara, Perennials, like this milkweed, need a certain amount of time to reach maturity and flower. It is normal for perennials to bloom in their second, not first-year except in some cases where plants are started very early in stellar growing conditions. Your milkweed just naturally needs more time; this isn't anything abnormal due to the seed.

Lots of seedlings

5 out of 5 stars Apr 26, 2022
I got a lot of babies to put on. I did a winter sowing method and I'm glad That I did. I didn't really understand stratification but I inadvertently did it by winter sowing in a 5 gallon jug.
Pam from NC

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