Asclepias incarnata Milkweed 'Ice Ballet'
This long-blooming snowy version of swamp milkweed is every bit as dramatic as its colorful cousins. Bright white flowers are striking against dark green foliage. The slender plants grow 3' to 4' tall, will tolerate some shade but bloom best in full sun.
Surprise surprise, "Swamp" Milkweed prefers moist soil, but it performs admirably in average, well-drained gardens. The Monarchs love it planted anywhere.
Swamp Milkweed spreads gradually by runners as well as seeds. It's not invasive, just reliable. If you want to contain it, pop off the seed pods. This plant is a godsend for soggy gardens and beloved by butterflies.
Germination can be slow, but these seeds were just harvested and should pop up quickly.
********** 30 DAYS COLD STRATIFICATION REQUIRED *************
Soak seeds for 24 hours in warm water.
Surface sow seeds in a pot or a plastic baggie that will fit in the refrigerator.
Mist the soil and sprinkle a small amount of starting soil over seeds.
Cover with plastic wrap or place in baggie in the refrigerator for 30 days.
During this cold stratification process keep soil moist, but not soaking wet.
At the end of the 30 Days, place pot in a warm, sunny location. When soil is warm enough seeds will germinate.
Remove plastic wrap or baggie when you have seedlings.