Asclepias viridis - Spider Milkweed
Spider Milkweed is common in pastures from Kansas to Texas. This dwarf species grows about a foot tall with multiple stems emerging from the root crown. It blooms clusters of lime green with deep pink centers. It's very showy and spreads slowly, a great choice for a backyard butterfly garden.
This milkweed species is avoided by livestock but is extremely attractive to Monarch butterflies. Deer will leave it alone, but Monarchs will find it and raise families right outside your window.
Germination can be slow, but these seeds were just harvested and should pop up quickly. Soak them for 24 hours,
********** 30 DAYS COLD STRATIFICATION REQUIRED *************
Surface sow seeds in a pot or a plastic baggie that will fit in the refrigerator.
Mist the soil and sprinkle a very 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.