Presented by: Chimacum Middle School
We support local producers and hope you seek out native varieties.
If you can not find a local supplier or resource become one. Share your knowledge, plants and seeds.
|Asclepias-curassavica - This is hands down the favorite egg laying and food plant of Monarchs. This is the only type we offer as pregrown plants. Fast growing it produces as many as 1,000 seeds per plant to save and share. Use as a backup resource when local varieties are exhausted. The seeds we supply are ready to plant with no special preparation necessary, soaking seeds for a few hours will quicken germination. <8 day germination at 70F.||Asclepias-syriaca - also know as common Milkweed this was once the major diet of the Monarchs. A 4' plant with large thick leaves that feed many Monarchs. Will survive winters and a prolific seed producer. We ship this type first until our supplies are exhausted then switch to speciosa for Northern regions. Germination is variable dependent on source. typically >13 days. Seed testing shows full germination takes place even after 30 days. Soaking seeds for a few hours will quicken germination and is highly suggested.||
Asclepias-speciosa - A beautiful plant up to 4' tall with large thick leaves that feed many Monarchs. Will survive winters and a prolific seed producer. The seed we supply are ready to plant no special "stratification" necessary. >14 day germination. Seed testing shows full germination takes place even after 30 days. Soaking seeds for a few hours will quicken germination and is highly suggested.
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