Who Wants Some Free Purple Milkweed Seeds? Limited Supply!
Purple Milkweed (Asclepias purpurescens) is an excellent garden milkweed that for some strange reason is difficult to find.
What’s so unique about Purple Milkweed? First of all, it actually prefers part shade. It will grow in full sun, but will then need more moisture. Secondly, it is very polite, spreading only moderately by seed. Both these qualities are unusual for the genus, which has a thuggish reputation.
Actually, you need to be careful not to surround Purple Milkweed with big bushy plants, or it may disappear on you. This plant grows about 3-4′ in the garden.
The flower is much like Common Milkweed (Asclepisa syriaca), but it is a sort of rosy-purple color. Unfortunately, it is not fragrant.
Like other Milkweeds, Purple Milkweed is a host plant for Monarch Butterflies and attracts many pollinators with its blooms.
Anyhow, some time ago a couple of people asked me if I would send them seeds. I kept an eye on the pods, which seemed much slower to ripen than those of my other Milkweeds. Finally, on Sunday I noticed that several of the pods had vanished, so I picked the remaining four.
I’m sorry that I didn’t make a note of everyone who has asked for seeds.
If you would like some seeds, please post a comment, then write to me at the email address listed on my “About” page. As long as supplies last I will send each person about 10 seeds. I’m guessing I have between 150 and 200 seeds.
The seeds are supposed to have a good germination rate. They can be sown outside now. If sown inside, they should be first mixed with moist planting media, placed in a plastic bag, and left in the refrigerator for about 30 days. Check on them to make sure they don’t dry out of sprout. Any sprouting seed should be planted right away.
The only places I know of where you can buy Purple Milkweed are Shooting Star Nursery in Kentucky and Prairie Moon Nursery in Minnesota. Prairie Moon sells only seeds, and I believe they are currently out of stock.