Asclepias tuberosa Hello Yellow
Asclepias tuberosa – ‘Hello Yellow’ Milkweed

Asclepias tuberosa ‘Hello Yellow’ Milkweed is a cheerful cultivar of Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed) featuring bright yellow flower clusters. Native to Michigan and widely distributed throughout the United States, Butterfly Weed is a vigorous milkweed variety that produces clusters of flowers that bloom from early summer until frost. In addition to being a nectar favorite for hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies it is an important food source for developing Monarch larvae. Like most Asclepias, this plant is happiest in well-drained soils, but it will put up with a lot of hardship, including poor, dry soil and long periods of drought. It needs full sun and plenty of it to reach its peak performance.

Available – May 2017

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Asclepias tuberosa Hello Yellow
Asclepias tuberosa – ‘Hello Yellow’ Milkweed

‘Hello Yellow’ is a cheerful cultivar of Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed) featuring bright yellow flower clusters. Native to Michigan and widely distributed throughout the United States, Butterfly Weed is a vigorous milkweed variety that produces clusters of flowers that bloom from early summer until frost. In addition to being a nectar favorite for butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and other beneficial insects are drawn to this long blooming Milkweed. Like most Asclepias, this plant is happiest in well-drained soils, but it will put up with a lot of hardship, including poor, dry soil and long periods of drought. It needs full sun and plenty of it to reach its peak performance.

Available – May 2017

Grown in 4.5″ square pot.

All of our plants are grown without the use of harmful pesticides and are safe for developing larvae.

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Asclepias tuberosa – Butterfly Weed Milkweed
Asclepias tuberosa – Butterfly Weed Milkweed

The Perennial Plant Association is proud to announce Asclepias tuberosa as its 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year™.

Asclepias tuberosa-Butterfly Weed is one of the most well known wildflowers with its clusters of orange flowers. Native to Michigan and widely distributed throughout the United States, Butterfly Weed is a vigorous milkweed variety that produces clusters of flowers that bloom from early summer until frost. It is a nectar favorite for hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies as well as host plant for the Monarch butterfly. Like most Asclepias, this plant is happiest in well-drained soils. It is a great milkweed for a sunny location in a dry area. Mature plants in ideal locations can make as many as 20 stems at an average height of 2’. The vivid orange color, low mounded profile, and ability to attract and sustain butterflies make this plant a well-known favorite for all types of gardens. Butterfly Weed makes an excellent cut flower.

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Asclepias verticillata – Whorled Milkweed
Asclepias verticillata – Whorled Milkweed

Asclepias verticillata 

Asclepias verticillata Whorled Milkweed is a Michigan Native and one of the most broadly distributed of all milkweeds in the United States . It likes dry sandy, clayey or rocky soil in sun or part shade and can be found growing in a variety of environments from hill prairies to woodland openings. It is listed as rare or threatened in some of its northeastern range.

This petite milkweed blooms later in the year than most milkweed and is a common late season host plant for Monarch larvae. Flowers are white to greenish white and attract many insects including butterflies and bees. It is deer and rabbit-resistant. Also known as Horsetail Milkweed.

*Available late May.

Grown in 4.5″ square pot.

All of our plants are grown without the use of harmful pesticides and are safe for developing larvae.

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Asclepias viridiflora – Short Green Milkweed
Asclepias viridiflora – Short Green Milkweed

Asclepias viridiflora Short Green Milkweed is a Michigan native milkweed. While somewhat rare it has an extensive range throughout the United States. The plant matures to 1-3′ in height making it a nice choice for borders. Short Green Milkweed blooms during early summer with blooms lasting about three weeks. Flowers are light green to green and as the plant matures the flowers begin to turn yellowish green or purplish green. It prefers full to partial sun and grows in a variety of soils but prefers dry-mesic to mesic. Habitats include openings in upland forests that are rocky or sandy; upland black soil prairies, sand prairies, gravel prairies, and hill prairies; barrens, limestone glades, and sand dunes; and abandoned fields.

The flowers attract bumblebees and butterflies. Also known as Green Milkweed, Green Comet Milkweed, Green Antelopehorn Milkweed, Green-Flowered Milkweed.

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Asclepias viridis – Spider Milkweed
Asclepias viridis – Spider Milkweed

Spider Milkweed is also commonly known as Green Antelopehorn Milkweed. In Texas, it is quite common and is considered an important food source for the Monarchs as they start their spring migration northward. Spider Milkweed has a native range of Texas north to Nebraska and eastward as far as West Virginia and South Carolina. It can be found along roadsides, ditches, prairies, open areas, and other areas with little vegetative competition. This species tends to be short (12 inches) with multiple stems emerging from the root crown of mature plants. Taller, more erect plants, usually with one or a few stems, can be found in moist prairies. Spider Milkweed features rose-white flowers surrounded by green that form in showy umbellated clusters, often one per plant.

Available – May 2017

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Asimina triloba – Paw Paw
Asimina triloba – Paw Paw

Easily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, acidic, fertile soils. Will grow in shade but becomes leggy.

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Aster dumosus –  ‘Wood’s Pink’ Dwarf Aster
Aster dumosus – ‘Wood’s Pink’ Dwarf Aster

Densely packed clusters of clear light blue flowers provide outstanding color in the garden from late summer into fall. Since this species has a dwarf, compact habit, it will not require staking. 'Wood's' selections have shown excellent resistance to mildew and rust.

Asters are excellent cut flowers and attract butterflies. They make a terrific accent to fall blooming grasses and the changing colors of the trees. They are native to North America and are generally very easy to grow.

 

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Aster dumosus – ‘Wood’s Light Blue’ Dwarf Aster
Aster dumosus – ‘Wood’s Light Blue’ Dwarf Aster

Densely packed clusters of clear light blue flowers provide outstanding color in the garden from late summer into fall. Since this species has a dwarf, compact habit, it will not require staking. 'Wood's' selections have shown excellent resistance to mildew and rust.

Asters are excellent cut flowers and attract butterflies. They make a terrific accent to fall blooming grasses and the changing colors of the trees. They are native to North America and are generally very easy to grow.

 

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Aster dumosus – ‘Wood’s Purple’ Dwarf Aster
Aster dumosus – ‘Wood’s Purple’ Dwarf Aster

Purple flowers with dark green rust-resistant foliage. Mounding habit covered in daisy-like flowers in late summer. Very floriferous

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Aster dumosus ‘Professor Kippenburg’
Aster dumosus ‘Professor Kippenburg’

Densely packed clusters of bright lavender-blue, semi-double flowers provide outstanding color in the garden from late summer into fall. Since this selection has a dwarf, compact habit, it will not require staking.

Asters are excellent cut flowers and attract butterflies. They make a terrific accent to fall blooming grasses and the changing colors of the trees. They are native to North America and are generally very easy to grow.

Origin: Native Cultivar

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Aster novae-angliae – ‘Purple Dome’
Aster novae-angliae – ‘Purple Dome’

Culture

Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, commonly called New England aster, is a native perennial which occurs in moist prairies, meadows, thickets, low valleys and stream banks (Steyermark). It is a stout, leafy plant typically growing 3-6′ tall with a robust, upright habit. Features a profuse bloom of daisy-like asters (to 1.5″ diameter) with purple rays and yellow centers from late summer to early fall. Rough, hairy, lance-shaped leaves (to 4″ long) clasp stiff, hairy stems. Flowers are attractive to butterflies.

Specific epithet means of New England, USA.

‘Purple Dome’ typically grows 18-24″ tall and up to 3′ wide with a low, bushy habit. Features a profuse bloom of dark purple flowers (to 1.5″ across) which can entirely cover the plant with bloom from mid-August until early October. No staking is required.

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to powdery mildew.

Garden Uses

Low habit makes this a good fall blooming plant for the border front or butterfly garden. Also useful as an edger.

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