Redring milkweed, Asclepias variegata seeds
This seed sold out on October 5th 2020 and no restocking date is currently anticipated.
10 seeds of Asclepias variegata. Redring milkweed. Seed sourced in Arkansas. A shade loving milkweed that grows under a canopy of dappled light or mostly shaded conditions. Good looking seed. Fickle seed to germinate and grow. Strongly recommend direct sowing seed in the fall and letting nature germinate the seed in its own time. Strongly discourage attempting to grow this seed outside of the plants native range because precipitation and humidity will not favor the plant's needs. Established root tuber becomes very hardy. White flowers with a red ring. Disclaimer: water germination has not proven effective for this seed and species. Germination is not guaranteed. No instructions will be included with the seeds. If grown outside the native range failure is eminent. These seeds are sold as is with no guarantee they will grow. The person who provided me with these seeds has propagated many plants in Arkansas by direct sowing seeds on the surface of soil in a weed-free planting bed and waiting patiently. My real world experience has been between 5% and 10% success of growing the plant from seed. I hope I have not been unclear. Please ask if you have any questions. Brad G @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Life Expectancy: Perennial
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone: 5b-9a (-15ºF to 25ºF)
Light Requirement: Full shade to part shade
Mature Height: 24 inches
Bloom Colors: White with red ring
Propagation: Seed, root division
Root Description: Tuberous
Root Spread: No
Container: Yes, container depth of 8" or more is ideal.
Asclepias variegata emerges in early spring. The delightful plant most often sends up a solitary stem. On some established plants it may grow a few stems. The stem in unbranched and has broad opposed leaves. Big leaves grow to collect sunlight under the shady canopy above. In late spring after six to ten pairs of leaves have grown on the stem it will begin to flower.
The flowers on redring milkweed are beautiful. The white flower is contrasted by the brilliant ring of color that delights pollinators and people. The red ring, which is often maroon to purple, appears between the petals and the hoods of each flower. In most cases there will be 25 to 40 flowers on each umbel. Look for delta beetles to pollinate the flower at night. During the day bumble bees bounding thru the forest will stop for nectar and inadvertently pollinate the flowers.
Below the surface of the soil a durable tuber is growing. The tuber is a dense structure full of energy to keep the plant going strong thru heat and drought. The feeder roots are fibrous and collect nutrients from the nearby soil to recharge the tuber after a rain.
Redring milkweed can live for many years. How many years in unknown. As the plant ages the root tuber will continue to expand. The above ground stems are often eaten by passing deer and other mammals. The plant is seldom deterred by loosing a stem. At the crown of the root tuber it has the ability to grow a new stem quickly.