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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. 

40 seeds


 

PLANTING

Asclepias incarnata 

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". 

Spacing:12-18”

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.