Ice Ballet Milkweed
The sweet nectar of the snow-white flowers lures in the pollinators. An easy to care for milkweed that grows to 36-42”, prefers a sunny spot and moist soil; although we found it could take our average to dry soil quite well too. Use as a backdrop border plant, grow along the edge of ponds, or in low spots and of course in butterfly gardens. This is a white flower form of Red Swamp Milkweed.
Perennial, zones 3-9
Germination: 14-30 days, cold treating aids germination
Seed Planting Depth: Sow ⅛-¼” deep
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost. Cold treat the seed by sowing into moist soil or paper towel, wrap in a clear plastic bag, and place in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks. Provide 65-75ºF soil temperatures until germination. Transplant new seedlings into individual biodegradable peat/cow pots/paper pots. This helps reduces root damage when transplanting. Transplant around the last frost date,12-18” apart.
Sowing Outdoors: Direct sow outdoors in early spring or early fall, spacing 3-5 seeds every 12".
Growth Habit: Upright
Height and Width: 36-42” x 18-24"
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: Average, moist to well-drained
Approximate days to flower from seed: Blooms in the second year. May bloom the first season when started early indoors, mid to late summer thereafter.
Uses: Wildflower and cottage gardens, low wet areas, cut flower, deer resistant, low maintenance, attracts butterflies and beneficials
Care: Water seedlings regularly until established. Amend the soil with compost before transplanting. Deadheading encourages a second bloom and reduces self-seeding.