Asclepias sullivantii Prairie Milkweed
This rare prairie plant is a well-behaved cousin of Common Milkweed. One of the very best nectar plants for attracting butterflies, it creeps slowly by rhizomes, making it a great choice for butterfly gardens. Fragrant rose-colored blooms attract butterflies and birds and make excellent cut flowers.
Prairie Milkweed is native to eastern Nebraska and is hardy to Zones 4 - 7. It's rapidly disappearing because of habitat loss. Save this rare milkweed while you're saving the Monarchs!
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 60 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.