Swamp milkweed is native to pond edges and stream banks of the eastern and Midwestern United States. The cultivar ‘Ice Ballet’ bears clear white flowers. Though this perennial is a wetland plant, it is very adaptable and at home in sunny gardens.
Delightful, lightly fragrant flowers are produce summer through fall. They are born atop upright stems that hold narrow, lance-shaped leaves opposite of each other. The flowers are borne in flat clusters; each flower is complex and topped with a “crown.” The blooms are very attractive to butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Distinctive fruits follow the bloom and are prominent, rounded, thin follicles that split down one side to reveal many seeds topped with airy plumes of silvery white hairs that catch the wind and carry the seeds away.
This butterfly weed prefers a sunny location with moist to wet, average soil. It has thick, white roots adapted to growing in moist soils. It is sensitive to disturbance, so plants do not transplant well and are best propagated from seed. This adaptable and desirable perennial is great for sunny beds, wildflower or butterfly gardens. The dried pods are also used in everlasting flower arrangements making these plants equally suitable for cutting gardens.
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Approximately 30 seeds in 0.3g packet.
Genus - Asclepias
Species - Incarnata
Variety - Iceballet
Common name - Swamp Milkweed
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 9
Height - 0,90 m
Spread - 0,45 - 0,60 m
Plant type - Perennial flower
Exposure - Full sun, part shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acid, neutral, alkaline
Soil type - Clay, Loam, Sand
Water requirements - Average, high
Landscape uses - Sunny borders, stream/pond banks, butterfly gardens. A good plant for low spots or other moist areas in the landscape.
Bloom season - July - September
Leaf / Flower color - Green / White
***Start seeds indoors 2 months before final frost- seeds must be cold stratified as described bellow:
1. Soak in water for 12 hours.
2. Place the seeds on the wet coffee filter, then fold the filter over them so they stay inside.
3. Place folded filter inside a plastic sandwich bag and seal the bag shut.
4. Place the sandwich bag inside of a food container and secure the lid.
5. Refrigerate your seeds in a safe place inside your refrigerator for about a month.
6. After a month, remove seeds from the refrigerator and plant them in a seed starting tray or a pot inside.
Best temperature to germinate - +20-+25C.
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